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Niki de St. Phalle and Other Women Artists

August 11, 2009

Celebrating the Female Artist at the Pompidou 

By MARGUERITE SUOZZI
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Photo by Marguerite Suozzi
“Crucifixion,” left, and “La Mariée” (both 1963) by Niki de St. Phalle, at the “elles@centrepompidou” exhibit in Paris.

PARIS | While an exhibition dedicated purely to female artists may not seem particularly innovative or revolutionary, the sheer scope of “elles@centrepompidou,” a vast exhibit — over 500 works by 200 artists are on display — at the Centre Pompidou (Place Georges Pompidou, Rue Beaubourg; 33-44-78-12-33; www.centrepompidou.fr) makes it noteworthy.

The exhibit is also a reminder of the social progress that has been made since the days when female artists and writers adopted male pseudonyms to gain recognition for their work. It was only a lifetime ago, in 1937, when Hans Hoffman said of a painting by one of his students, Lee Krasner, “This is so good, you would not know it was painted by a woman.”

“It’s a very un-French thing to do,” Camile Morineau, the exhibit’s curator, told the Los Angeles Times; she believes that the feminist movement has had a larger impact in the United States and other parts of Europe than in France.

 

Read more at The New York Times, GLOBESPOTTERS, Celebrating the Female Artist at the Pompidou

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