In the 1930s and 40s, although the art world was still firmly grounded in realism, abstract artists—women among them—were gaining ground and generating excitement (even as critics ridiculed them and galleries shunned them). After Allied victory in 1945, abstraction was accepted and those early visionaries were acclaimed. And yet, except for Lee Krasner and Louise Nevelson, most of the movement’s women were left in the shadows, unrecognized. In this exhibition, over 30 works by 27 artists reconstruct the historical narrative, placing women at the forefront. —E.C.
Whitney Museum of American Art 99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014, USA Get Directions »