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…”*
Peggy Cooper Cafritz—the Washington, D.C., collector of African-American art, salonist, activist, fundraiser, co-founder of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, and just-published author—died last week in the capital.
Her 2018 book FIRED UP! READY TO GO!—FINDING BEAUTY, DEMANDING EQUITY brings together images of more than 200 works of art that were lost in a 2009 house fire, as well as the art Cooper Cafritz had collected in the years since the catastrophe.
The Cooper Cafritz collection includes pieces by Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, Edward Mitchell Bannister, Alma Thomas, Norman Lewis, Kara Walker, Kerry James Marshall, Mickalene Thomas, El Anatsui, Yinka Shonibare, Nick Cave, Kehinde Wiley, Glenn Ligon, Barkley L. Hendricks, Lorna Simpson, Carrie Mae Weems, Noah Davis, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Titus Kaphar, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, and Toyin Ojih Odutola.
PEGGY COOPER CAFRITZ, FIRED UP! READY TO GO!—FINDING BEAUTY, DEMANDING EQUITY: AN AFRICAN AMERICAN LIFE IN ART, THE COLLECTIONS OF PEGGY COOPER CAFRITZ(New York: Rizzoli , 2018).
Contributors to the book’s text include Thelma Golden, Simone Leigh, Uri McMillan, Jack Shainman, Tschabalala Self.