In this week’s Wednesday Five, we share with you the groundbreaking women artists featured in major exhibitions in the upcoming Spring 2017 season.
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Under-Song For A Cipher at the New Museum
This exhibition brings together a selection of works by British artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, a 2013 Turner Prize finalist and one of the most renowned painters of her generation. Yiadom-Boakye’s lush oil paintings embrace many of the conventions of historical European portraiture, but expand on that tradition by engaging fictional subjects who often serve as protagonists of the artist’s short stories as well. These imagined figures are almost always black, an attribute Yiadom-Boakye sees as both political and autobiographical, given her own West African heritage. Often immersed in indistinct, monochrome settings, her elegant characters come to life through the artist’s bold brushwork, appearing both cavalier and nonchalant, quotidian and otherworldly. In part because they inhabit neutral spaces, her subjects’ idle, private moments provoke the imagination of viewers and remain open to a range of narratives, memories, and interpretations.
Opens May 3, 2017 at the New Museum, New York.
Renaissance Woman in Asia: Florance Waterbury and Her Gifts of Asian Art at the Worcester Art Museum
Painter, world traveler, collector, and noted Chinese art scholar describe the diverse roles and interests of Florance Waterbury. Rising to prominence with a 1922 one-woman show in New York as a still-life painter, many of which depicted Southeast and East Asian objects she collected during her travels, her fascination with Asia slowly transformed from its visual forms to its art historical study. With the publication of her important study on Chinese ritual bronzes in 1942 Waterbury became a recognized scholar. During this time she began giving several gifts to the Worcester Art Museum, many of which helped shape the Museum’s early Chinese art collection. This exhibition includes a selection of Asian paintings she gave to the Museum.
Opens May 13 at the Worcester Museum of Art.