“For years, I couldn’t show my work, I couldn’t get a gallery, and people in New York wouldn’t pay attention to me,” she says. “So I think I deserve it — just for not giving up if nothing else.”
A foremother to young new media artists working today, Hershman Leeson has blazed a trail for more than five decades.
“I don’t know anybody else in the art world who has the capability of pushing scientific research in this way,” Leeson observes of her own work.
Lynn Hershman Leeson’s retrospective at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts reveals an artist who’s introduced cutting-edge technologies to the art world and pulled stunts that surprise and unsettle.
Out of the 55 artists represented at the 2010 Whitney Biennial, 26 were women. While that’s still less than half, it’s certainly better than the days when only one or two members of the “fairer” sex fought to be included. Lynn Hershman Leeson’s new documentary !Women Art Revolution, now playing at IFC Center, compiles interviews spanning 40 years that document the tumultuous battle women artists fought for proper representation in the world of galleries and museums.