Looking at Pictures of Women
2014 in SHE: Picturing Women at the Turn of the 21st Century. David Winton Bell Gallery, Providence.
About the exhibition
Spanning a period of twenty-four years—from 1989 to 2013—SHE presents a broad-ranging selection of contemporary representations of women. The exhibition, which is drawn from a private collection, includes works by eleven of the most highly acclaimed artists working today. Within these paintings, sculpture, and videos are both convergences and divergences in style, concept, and intent. Some artists, notably Jenny Saville and Cindy Sherman, examine the position of women in society from an overtly feminist viewpoint. Others, such as Lisa Yuskavage and Rebecca Warren, wrest control of explicit sexual imagery from the hands of men. Yet others, such as George Condo, Glenn Brown, and Jeff Koons, show little to no concern with the politics of gender; instead they continue on the art historical path of depicting women as objects of beauty or desire, albeit to differing and individual ends.