History would have you believe that the rise of women was hard-fought and radical; we remember the hunger strikes of Emmeline Pankhurst and the man-hating manifestos of Valerie Solanas. But before either of them, women were working tactfully through opportunity and ingenuity to establish themselves in the male-dominated art world. A new show of prints at The Johnson Museum, appropriately titled “Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History”: Innovative Women Artists on Paper, sheds new light on the little-known legacy of these innovative women artists.
To further illustrate the point, the curators have organized the work into four sections: Paradise Lost, Paradise Reconstructed, Despairing of Paradise and Paradise Anew. Each offering its own insight onto the issue, contemplating Eden within the multi-faceted contexts of philosophy, art history and current affairs.
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Prints and drawings have long ended up on the wrong side of prevailing trends, as they are often overlooked as second-rate works and preliminary sketches. In the new show at the Johnson Museum, contemporary curator Andrea Inselmann makes a spectacular case for the majesty of these primitive practices by exploring their rich history in contemporary art and complex, often painstaking processes.