PAINT, ALSO KNOWN AS BLOOD—WOMEN, AFFECT, AND DESIRE IN CONTEMPORARY PAINTING is a large-scale exhibition “devoted to women whose painting practice re-evaluates stereotypes concerning submission and domination”*
The show—featuring work from Poland and abroad— “takes on the challenge of representing the intensity of the external and internal worlds…
“In the beginning of the 1990s, third-wave feminism introduced a new, sometimes self-mocking and ironic, unconstrained and exhibitionist tone in the debate on the images of women in culture, their social roles and desires, the physiology of their bodies, and identity. The exhibition demonstrates that—despite the advancing digitization and dematerialization occurring in social media—firmly embedded in the body, its pleasures, and traumas, painting remains an exceptionally evocative medium for representing human experience.”
“In the context of current social transformations, the postulates of equal access to reproductive and sexual rights, and the race and class struggles, women’s painting provides an important contemplation on the violence inscribed in the orders of seeing and consuming images—how we look at them, what we see, and how others see us. And yet, this is not the kind of painting that seeks to forcibly instruct, provide current affairs commentary, or to admonish. Rather, it calls for alternative scenarios and, most of all, the freedom of expression and the presence of multiple, intersecting identities…”*
Through August 11.
Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw
Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 22, Warsaw.
Artists in the exhibition include Lena Achtelik, Darja Bajagic, Gosia Bartosik, Kamilla Bischof, Agata Bogacka, Martyna Borowiecka, Agnieszka Brzeżańska, Chelsea Culprit, Martyna Czech, Olga Dmowska, Angela Dufresne, Isabelle Fein, Viola Głowacka, Penny Goring, Jenna Gribbon, Hyon Gyon, Karolina Jabłońska, Katarina Janeckova, Cheyenne Julien, Ewa Juszkiewicz, Celina Kanunnikava, Irini Karayannopoulou, Allison Katz, Simone Kennedy Doig, Caitlin Keogh, Stanislava Kovalcikova, Dominika Kowynia, Sarah Ksieska, Katarzyna Kukuła, Agata Kus, Sasa Lubinska, Reba Maybury, Monika Misztal, Magdalena Moskwa, Marta Nadolle, Paulina Ołowska, Julia Poziomecka, Christina Quarles, Autumn Ramsey, Megan Rooney, Dana Schutz, Tschabalala Self, Agata Słowak, Paulina Stasik, Frieda Toranzo Jaeger, Alex Urban, Aleksandra Waliszewska, Ambera Wellmann, Issy Wood, and Amelie von Wulffen.
From top: Christina Quarles, Grounded By Tha Side of Yew, 2017, acrylic on canvas, courtesy of the artist and Pilar Corrias, London; Karolina Jabłońska, Goddess, 2018, oil on canvas; Martyna Borowiecka, Sleepy snakes lay curled up in their secret hides, 2018 oil on canvas; Chelsea Culprit, Cheeseburger in Paradise, 2016, oil, acrylic, mixed media, canvas, 110 x 87 cm. The FED Collection, Mexico; Ambera Wellmann, Now Now, 2018, oil, canvas; Martyna Czech, Yours Forever, 2018, oil on canvas. All images courtesy and © the artists, collectors, and the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw.