American Women Artists
Alice Trumbull Mason (American, 1904-1971). Untitled, 1939. Oil on canvas. 36 x 25 1/4 inches. Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum. 2000.15.154. Museum purchase from the collection of Ahmet Ertegün. © 2021 Alice Trumbull Mason Foundation / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY.
March 28 – July 25, 2021
Located on the third floor of The Baker Museum
Conceived as a companion exhibition for Blurring Boundaries: The Women of American Abstract Artists, 1936 – Present shown in the adjacent galleries, Making a Mark: American Women Artists highlights the contributions of women artists in the development of modern and contemporary art in America. Most of the works on view are drawn from The Baker Museum’s permanent collection, which comprises more than 4,000 works, and they are augmented by works on loan from several Naples collectors.
This exhibition includes some of the museum’s most iconic works, as well as works that have not been on view in over a decade, and 25 objects with no previous exhibition history at The Baker Museum. Making a Mark underscores the importance of providing a space for alternative art-historical perspectives, such as a women-centric viewpoint, allowing us to appreciate the creative talents of traditionally underrepresented figures.
Featured artists include Chakaia Booker, Rosalind Bengelsdorf Browne, Elizabeth Catlett, Teresita Fernández, Helen Frankenthaler, Viola Frey, Grace Hartigan, Jenny Holzer, Alice Trumbull Mason, Joan Mitchell, Georgia O'Keeffe, Betty Parsons, Niki de Saint Phalle, Miriam Schapiro, Lorna Simpson, Esphyr Slobodkina and Charmion von Wiegand. A number of artists represented in this show were, and are, members of American Abstract Artists, and thus many names overlap in both Blurring Boundaries and Making a Mark. Although abstraction is the critical visual language that these artists all share, their styles differ greatly and they employ a range of mediums such as paintings, collages, prints, photographs and sculpture.
Viewing both exhibitions on this floor, visitors can see for themselves the considerable contributions of these outstanding artists. They are encouraged to further explore additional works created by women, featured in Subject Matters on the second floor of The Baker Museum and Florida Contemporary in Hayes Hall galleries, not to mention works displayed in the museum lobbies, to celebrate the role of women in art and art history.
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Charmion von Wiegand (American, 1896-1983). No. 157, 1961. Gouache and graphite on paper. 21 3/4 x 29 1/2 inches. Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum. 000.15.262. Museum purchase from the collection of Ahmet Ertegün. © Estate of Charmion von Wiegand; Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY.
Miriam Schapiro (Canadian-American, 1923-2015). A Heart for All, 1983. Acrylic, appliqués and fabric on board. 30 x 31 inches. Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum. 2007.2.06. Gift of John Raimondi. © 2021 Estate of Miriam Schapiro/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
Perle Fine (American, 1905-1988). Silent Procession, 1947. Oil on gessoed board. 24 x 28 inches. Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum. 2000.15.086. Museum purchase from the collection of Ahmet Ertegün. Copyright AE Artworks, LLC.
Esphyr Slobodkina (Russian-American, 1908-2002). Heart of Time, 1941. Collage on board. 17 x 13 1/2 inches. Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum. 2000.15.215. Museum purchase from the collection of Ahmet Ertegün. © Courtesy of the Slobodkina Foundation.
Niki de Saint Phalle (French-American, 1930-2002). Mini Nana Maison, 1968. Painted plaster. 5 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 5 inches. Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum. 2013.1.042. Gift of Olga Hirshhorn. © 2021 Niki Charitable Art Foundation. All rights reserved / ARS, NY / ADAGP, Paris.
Barbara Ess (American, 1948-2021). Untitled, 1987. Monochrome color photograph. 20 x 24 inches. Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum. 2003.4.023. Gift of Bank One. Courtesy of the artist and Magenta Plains, New York.
Joan Mitchell (American, 1925-1992). Tree I, edition 43/94, 1992. Color lithograph. 24 1/2 x 20 inches. Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum. 2007.4.049. Museum purchase from the Dr. Robert B. and Dorothy Gronlund Collection. © Estate of Joan Mitchell.
This presentation of Making a Mark: American Women Artists
has been organized by Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum.
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