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Elles: Women Artists from the Centre Pompidou, Paris

Seattle Art Museum
Seattle WA – Oct 11, 2012–Jan 13, 2013

Tamara de Lempicka, Jeune fille en vert

Tamara de Lempicka, Jeune fille en vert (1927-30), oil on canvas [Seattle Art Museum, Seattle WA, Oct 11-Jan 13] © 2012 Tamara Art Heritage / ADAGP, Paris / ARS, NY

Frida Kahlo, The Frame (1938)

Frida Kahlo, The Frame (1938), oil on aluminum, reverse painting on glass and painting frame [Seattle Art Museum, Seattle WA, Oct 11-Jan 13] © 2012 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Dora Maar, Nusch Eluard

Dora Maar, Nusch Eluard (1935) gelatin silver photograph [Seattle Art Museum, Seattle WA, Oct 11-Jan 13] © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.

This survey of modern and contemporary art comes to Seattle from the permanent collection of the Centre Pompidou, which houses the Musée National d’Art Moderne, the largest museum for modern art in Europe. The international exhibition represents seminal women artists whose work paralleled the visual vocabulary of many major art movements with examples of painting, sculpture, photography, video and installation pieces from 1909 to 2007.

Organized thematically and chronologically, Elles focuses primarily on women who created provocative or challenging artworks rather than those who worked within a tradition. The exhibition begins with the avant-garde artists of the early 20th century and moves to the Paris photographers working from the 1920s to ‘40s, including forward-thinking and experimental artists of this era like Dora Maar and Claude Cahun.

Abstraction’s popularity in the mid-century is showcased by the works of early innovators like Sonia Delaunay and Joan Mitchell, cementing the female contribution to these genres. The section, Feminism and Critics of Power, classifies works from the 1960s to ‘70s that deal with changing perceptions of the female body and behaviour. The great interest in performance, installation and video art that surfaced in the 1970s is also prominently featured in the exhibit.

Lastly, artists like Sophie Calle, Nan Goldin and Barbara Kruger are represented in the segment, Narrations, where autobiographical, confrontational and fictional works often employ both text and images.


Allyn Cantor

FEATURES, NEW & OLD: Archipenko: A Modern Legacy | Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style | Tori Foster: Traces of Beings | Royal Nebeker: Dreams and Allusions / Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun: Unceded Territories | Peter Aspell: Saints and Sinners, Mystics and Madness / The Mad Alchemist | Paradox of Place: Contemporary Korean Art | Art AIDS America | Gods and Heroes: Masterpieces from the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris | Fred Schiffer: Lives in Photos | Future Station | Jock Macdonald: Evolving Form | 2014 Bonifacho | The Art of the Louvre's Tuileries Garden | Edgardo Aragón: Ley Fuga | Vanishing Ice | Kingston Prize | Charles Edenshaw | Jillian McDonald | William Perehudoff | Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough:The Treasures of Kenwood House, London | Carrying on Irregardless | Elles: Women Artists from the Centre Pompidou | James Nizam: Trace Heavens | Gaugin & Polynesia | Leslie Dill's Poetic Vision | Preview's 25th Anniversary in Print | The Surrealist Revolution in Art | Carl Beam | Shadows of a Fleeting World: Seattle Camera Club | Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National, Paris | Show of Hands: Northwest Women Artists 1880-2010 | Fleeting Beauty: Japanese Woodblock Prints | Judy Radul: World Rehearsal Court | Requiem: BY Photographers Who Died in Vietnam & Indochina | Andreas Gurksy: Werke/Works 80-08 | Chris Jordan: Running the Numbers II | Action-Camera: Beijing Performance Photography | Hiro Yamagata: T R A N S I E N T | Henk Pander: History and Typography | Mandy Greer: Dare alla Luce | Generation: Images of Youth | Rembrandt & Dutch Art's Golden Age | Seattle Art Museum at 75 | Life After Death: New Leipzig Paintings | Joanna Staniszkis: Silk City | Rodin: In His Own Words | First Nations Art: Historic to Contemporary | Maya Lin: Systematic Landscapes | Three Rivers: Wild Waters, Sacred Places | Portland Art Museum | Acting Out: Claude Cahun & Marcel Moore | Isamu Noguchi: Sculptural Design | Rhythm and Change: The Bow in Contemporary Art | Douglas Curran: The Elephant Has Four Hearts | Fay Jones: Recent Paintings | Massive Change: Bruce Mau | Web Images: Quick Guide | Treasures From the Kröller-Müller | Gerry Deiter: Give Peace a Chance | InFest: International Artist-Run Culture | Silver: Dreams, Screens & Theories | Paul Wong: COLLECT | James Turrell: Knowing Light | Joanna Staniszkis: Linen’s Edge | Daniel Joliffe/Jocelyn Robert: Ground Station | Bratsa Bonifacho: Habitat Pixel | Edouardo Kac: Contemporary Art Explores Human Genomics | Douglas Gordon at the VAG | Walk Ways Explore Body-Mind Connection

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