Few artists have been photographed as much as Pablo Picasso, whose image is nearly as ubiquitous as his paintings. Who can’t conjure up a glamorous visual of the Spaniard sporting Breton Stripes? Now try that with Hannah Höch, Picasso’s contemporary. Nothing? Nope, me neither.
The fact that female artists have enjoyed significantly less limelight than their male counterparts is part of what makes the images in 100 Portraits: Women Artists at LIU Brooklyn’s Salena Art Gallery so satisfying. The exhibition features medium-format, black-and-white photographs by Barbara Yoshida of both famous artists and lesser-known ones — from American sculptor Louise Bourgeois to African textile designer Malado Camara Sidibeh. The women appear in their homes and studios, illuminated by soft, natural light and surrounded by their work.
While it might irk some to see an exhibition featuring solely women artists — as if the “woman” part were the most important aspect of their practice — it’s helpful to remember the spirit in which the portraits were created. Yoshida began the series in the early 1990s, when the Guerrilla Girls were exposing art world sexism. Female artists were still struggling for recognition within galleries and museums, and in the public imagination. Many of the women Yoshida documented were fellow members of the Women’s Action Coalition, the organization that famously protested the exclusion of female artists from exhibitions at museums like the Guggenheim Soho.
Given that Yoshida herself worked as a painter, printmaker, and sculptor for two decades before ever picking up a camera, her photographs of these women are not just acts of affirmation but also of solidarity. That comes out in the way she chose to photograph her subjects — not posing them stiffly, but letting the images evolve over conversations about art and life. Each resulting portrait is not merely a representation of the artist shown, but an encounter between two women leaning on and encouraging one another in a male-dominated world.
Barbara Yoshida’s 100 Portraits: Women Artists continues at Salena Art Gallery, LIU Brooklyn (Library Learning Center, ground floor, 1 University Plaza, Downtown Brooklyn) through March 27.
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While her goal is admirable the photos themselves are terrible, subjects plopped down in the center of the frame, no compensation whatsoever. If she wasn’t shooting women artists would you be covering her based on her photographic prowess?
I actually think the photos are great.
I like the pics. very real. not stagey. Certainly they are of people who do more for society and culture than any Kardashian. i don’t know what I expected a female painter to look like, but it wasn’t any of these. I’ve heard the names of some, but never had an idea of what they really look like. thanks for that.
The portraits are interesting because they are negotiated between who is being looked at an who is viewing. The compositions are more than formalities, they are experiments.
As far as your pseudo question “would we be talking about this if she weren’t female”, sorry that is a pretty tired misogynist attempt to bring the subject of the article back to men or people in power that you are already familiar with, its not really a question. I have heard it time and time again and frankly it doesn’t work.
They are portraits of people with their art silly
Spare us your comments, punk toad.
I’m not saying the portraits are silly. I’m saying Cobra Dan’s disparagement of the portraits is silly.
I agree. The portraits are wonderful as were many of the woman who are no longer alive.
Wonderful portraits and remarkable women.
Margaret Mitchell’s Ten Women in Photography in 1979 predates this project by quite a bit, and her photographers and photographs are better. This is a strange choice of women also, How did she select her subjects??
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