On Friday October 11th, Artful Circle offered the opportunity to trek to the country to see The Katonah Museum’s Sparkling Amazons exhibit and it did not disappoint!
The Katonah Museum of Art is one of Westchester County’s cultural gems and a worthy destination for art lovers. Their current exhibition, Sparkling Amazons focuses on the 11 women artists who participated in the 9th Street show. With over 30 works of art, the show exemplifies the innovative, pioneering contributions of these women who until recently, had been largely overlooked by art history. The show features works by Elaine de Kooning, Perle Fine, Helen Frankenthaler, Grace Hartigan,
Gitou Knoop, Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Anne Ryan, Day Schnabel,
Sonja Sekula, and Jean Steubing.
The genesis for the show was the legendary 9th Street exhibition that took place in 1951. This pivotal moment marked the shift of the center of the art world from Paris to New York. At that time, the avant-garde artists of the downtown New York scene were creating a uniquely American art form that came to be known as Abstract Expressionism (Ab-Ex).
Artful Circle’s Bonni Stanley led us on a private tour of the show and facilitated a group discussion about the challenges women artists faced and each of their unique styles. We learned about abstract expressionism, action painting, color field painting, sculpture and collage within the larger context of the times in which this art form developed.
Sparkling Amazons is at the Katonah Museum of Art through January 26, 2020. A catalog of the show is available through the museum and can be obtained by calling (914) 232-9555 or visiting the museum.