All In a Day’s Work: Abstract Art By Women
|When||9 Jun 2020 - 7 Jul 2020|
35 Great Jones Street
New York, NY 10012
Aicon Contemporary is pleased to present All In a Day’s Work: Abstract Art By Women featuring works by Grace Beck, Shobha Broota, Marcy Chevali, Sathi Guin, and Dhara Mehrotra.
Women artists have had a smaller footprint in abstraction, than in many other spheres of visual art. From Hilma af Klint to Agnes Martin, there have been notable female abstractionists, but they have been few and far between. This holds true not only in western art, but equally in South Asia. Women abstractionists like Zarina are the exception, while figurative artists like Amrita Shergill define the norm – if we can call it that, of art created by women.
The five artists in All in a Day’s Work, buck this gender skew and create wonderful abstract art. While Shobha Broota and Sathi Guin gravitated toward abstraction from realistic art, Marcy Chevali, Dhara Mehrotra, and Grace Beck have been moored in abstraction from the earliest days of their art practice. The art of five is tied together by the idea of network. The idea that the art, and indeed the artist, is a momentary snapshot of a continuum, in which much has come before and much will come after. Like Stephen Hawkins’ characterization of humans being equidistant from stars and atoms.
This idea of network is an empowering one for this group of five women abstractionists. Because it allows them to leave and return to their work, sometimes in the course of the day, at other times, months or years later. It allows the artists to be grandmothers, mothers, partners, educators, activists, writers, even as they are artists. Their art practice strives to be human, not heroic.
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