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Action, Gesture, Paint: Women Artists and Global Abstraction, 1940–70

Whitechapel Gallery / London / Art

In America, during the postwar push into Abstract Expressionism, a few female artists were able to elbow into the limelight. Most, however, were ignored in favor of men. Proposing a counter argument to the Abstract Expressionist narrative, which begins in New York under Arshile Gorky and Hans Hofmann, this show presents the work of 81 female artists from Europe, Africa, and Asia, all of them toying with similar notions of gestural freedom and materiality. The exhibition of 150 works includes paintings by Lee Krasner and Helen Frankenthaler as well as lesser-known figures such as the Mozambiquean-Italian artist Bertina Lopes. —E.C.

Whitechapel Gallery 77-82 Whitechapel High St, Shadwell, London E1 7QX, United Kingdom
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