Ethel Schwabacher, “Sankaty II” (1956), oil on Canvas, 50 x 72 inches

The Anita Shapolsky Gallery is pleased to present Women! Women! (of the ‘50s), a comprehensive collection of works by women abstract expressionists who exhibited in the 1950s.

The fifteen women in this exhibition acted as pioneers in their field, each of them carving a unique space in a male-dominated art world. We have been exhibiting these artists since the ‘80s. More than sixty years after the emergence of Abstract Expressionism, the art produced by these women remains relevant, modern, and highly individualized.

The Gallery is proud and excited to devote a show entirely to showcasing their talents and innovations. Two of the artists in the exhibition, Ethel Schwabacher and Sonia Gechtoff, are currently featured at the Denver Art Museum as a part of its Women of Abstract Expressionism show. All of the women represented in the show are in major museum collections.

Despite their drive and artistic abilities, these women too often slipped into the shadows of their male contemporaries during the height of Abstract Expressionism, which was falsely considered a “man’s movement.” We are delighted to put in the spotlight these artists who were ignobly treated and dismissed for being women, and give them the attention and exposure that they deserve.

Exhibited artists include Lynne Drexler, Amaranth Ehrenhalt, Grace Hartigan, Claire Falkenstein, Perle Fine, Sonia Gechtoff, Buffie Johnson, Jeanne Miles, Louise Nevelson, Betty Parsons, Liz Whitney Quisgard, Jeanne Reynal, Ethel Schwabacher, Yvonne Thomas, and Stella Waitzkin.

Women! Women! (of the ‘50s) continues at the Anita Shapolsky Gallery (152 East 65th Street, Lenox Hill, Manhattan) through November 12, 2016. The gallery is open Tuesday – Friday, 11am–5pm, and Saturday by appointment.

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