Making Space: Women Artists and Postwar Abstraction
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Making Space shines a spotlight on the stunning achievements of women artists between the end of World War II (1945) and the start of the Feminist movement (around 1968). In the postwar era, societal shifts made it possible for larger numbers of women to work professionally as artists, yet their work was often dismissed in the male dominated art world, and few support networks existed for them. Abstraction dominated artistic practice during these years, as many artists working in the aftermath of World War II sought an international language that might transcend national and regional narratives—and for women artists, additionally, those relating to gender. With Magdalena Abakanowicz, Gertrudes Altschul, Ruth Asawa, Jo Baer, Lee Bontecou, Louise Bourgeois, Lygia Clark, Lee Krasner, Helen Frankenthaler, Gego, Eva Hesse, Sheila Hicks, Agnes Martin, Joan Mitchell, Lygia Pape, Carol Rama, Anne Ryan, Lenore Tawney, Alma Woodsey Thomas, Anne Truitt.