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There is a long-standing history of male artists taking credit for women’s work, and the Dada movement was no different—even though Dadaism was an art movement founded in the rejection of logic, reason, and modern capitalist society. Dadaism was considered the “radical left” of the time but they still ignored, rejected, and excluded women from the canon of art history. According to Open Culture, one of the many poignant examples of this is the authorship of the notorious Fountain from 1917. The Fountain, which is considered...
Artist Vivek Shraya’s new Ace Hotel exhibition, Trisha, is a photo series of self portraits in which Shraya recreates photographs of her mother from the 1970s. Shraya's mother immigrated from India to Canada, and Shraya always looked up to her. She wrote in an essay to her mother, “I was right to worship you. You worked full-time, went to school part-time, managed a home, raised two children who complained about frozen food and make fun of your accent, and cared for your family in India....
  Years before Kandinsky and Mondrian, Swedish painter Hilma af Klint created some of the world’s first abstract paintings—then hid them away for decades History is written—and then it is revised to make space for those who have gone underground, been misrepresented, erased, or otherwise marginalized. The past continuously speaks to the present and to the future through the artifacts it leaves behind.  Such is the case with Swedish artist and mystic Hilma af Klint (1862 – 1944), a pioneer in the field of abstraction who kept her...
Lorna Simpson is a photographer and multimedia artist who has been working for more than 30 years. She has had exhibits at Denver Art Museum, the Portland Art Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and her art is truly stunning. She is currently working and residing in New York City. “The images she puts into the world are consistent proof of art’s ability to deal with loaded questions involving race, gender, identity, sex, and other social and political dilemmas,” writes Dodie...
The Museum of London currently has an exhibition on display, London Nights, which includes a photo series of 1980s sex workers in London that has not been seen in 35 years. The series became a collaboration of photographer Tish Murtha and sex workers in Soho, London. Specifically, Tish worked very closely with Karen Leslie, a Canadian stripper, who did the writing for the project, which includes memories and anecdotes. Tish and Karen formed a close bond and created a series that empowered sex workers to...
  Las Vegas’ Erotic Heritage Museum is a sex-positive exhibition space, operating with an ethos that sexual pleasure is an intrinsic aspect of the human experience, and that celebrations of human sexuality should be made available to all. So it makes sense for Irish-born, London-based artist and activist Clare O Hagan to utilise this unique space for her upcoming solo exhibition, Embracing Women. Embracing Women features a series of some fifty drawings and prints created over a period of two decades. Based on life drawing studies, each piece...
As the daughter of Jupiter, the King of all Gods, and Ceres, the Goddess of Fertility and Agriculture, Persephone was born into Roman mythological royalty. Persephone’s dark beauty made her an exotic seductress who men flocked to be near. As a frenemy of Venus, Persephone caused a love triangle between Venus and Adonis, because Adonis could not decide which of these beauties was his ideal match. Though he ultimately chose Venus, Adonis had a hard time choosing between the Aphrodite with her golden locks and lusty...
  Ah, the internet. I can barely remember a time without it. One of my fondest memories from childhood is when I won ten thousand Neopoints from a magical cyber-fountain when I was in fourth or fifth grade. I was wearing a green Abercrombie T-shirt and my username was—and still is, I hope my Neopets aren’t dead—lizzieflower2003. I scrambled up my basement stairs and, gasping, told my mom what had just happened. She rolled her eyes. New York-based playwright Joeley Pulver’s newest production, A.I.M. To Please, doesn’t...
Welsh artist Gwen John was a pioneer of the intimism style of painting that grew out of French impressionism in the early 20th century. While recognition for her formidable talent has grown since her death in 1939, she was woefully underappreciated in her own time and largely defined by the public in relation to the two key male figures in her life, whose fame and popularity as artists far eclipsed her own: her brother, Augustus John, and her lover, Auguste Rodin. Gwen John makes a...
For over twenty years, Ghada Amer has challenged the oppression of female agency through sexually explicit paintings. With a global perspective, whether resisting oppression in the East’s Muslim-majority countries where she was born, or in the West’s Christian-majority countries where she has since made her home, Amer’s oeuvre has continually expanded into bodies of work committed to freeing women, an idea that often takes the form of parted legs, open lips, loose threads, and dripping strands of unveiled hair. While most known for her embroidered...