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It’s All About the Ladies: Paris, Toronto


In Paris, the largest all-female art exhibition in the world has opened at the Pompidou Centre. elles@centrepompidou will bring together a selection of over 500 works and over 200 artists, including Sonia Delaunay, Frida Khalo, Dorothea Tanning, Joan Mitchell, Maria-Elena Vieira da Silva beside contemporary giants Louise Bourgeois, Rosemarie Trockel, Rachel Whiteread, VALIE EXPORT and Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster.

Katie Pretti, Caligula 2, 2008. Image: le-gallery.ca

Why now? Apparently, even a few years ago the gallery would not have had enough work by women artists.

Click HERE for the exhibition website. The show continues until 24 May 2010, so you have time to get to Paris.

Read the Guardian’s piece, HERE.

VoCA is a huge fan of women artists, particularly those in Canada: Isabelle Hayeur, Paulette Phillips, Gunilla Josephson, Sarah Anne Johnson, Elizabeth MacIntosh and Katie Pretti, to name just a few.

Kristi Malakoff, Ornithological Series (Robin), 2004, made from 3 Canadian $2 bills.
Image: kristimalakoff.com

Speaking of Katie Pretti, whose fantastic, emotional oil stick drawings on paper pull us in almost every time, she is part of the summer group show, titled Young Canada Presents: Barometric Reading Series 1 at Toronto’s Le Gallery. The all-woman show will also feature pieces by Sarah Clifford-Rachotte, Amanda Nedham and fun works by Kristi Malakoff and painter Melanie Authier.

Melanie Authier, Channelize, 2009. Image: melanieauthier.com

The show opens tonight and will be up until August 30th.

Click HERE for Le Gallery’s website.

6 Responses to “It’s All About the Ladies: Paris, Toronto”

  1. Meredith Nickie says:

    I can’t help but notice that your selection of noteworthy female, Canadian artists is overwhelmingly white. I suppose even calls for diversity have their limitations. I do enjoy your blog, nonetheless.

  2. Jane says:

    It’s so strange how white privilege goes largely unchecked in the Toronto art scene; I agree.

    and Mel Authier’s latest paintings are clearly influenced by Martin Golland, and for the better!

  3. Andrea says:

    Ok,I hear you. I will make an effort to look more often at spaces like SAVAC, Urban Shaman and others, but I wouldn’t include ethnic minority artists just for the sake of it. VoCA is about art first, no matter who makes it.

  4. Meredith Nickie says:

    I’m not convinced the points being made are, in fact, heard. Why is it presumed that this no longer is a discussion lead by quality or even art for that matter, if the production of the work is made by a visible minority? If calls for diversity are justified when women are producers (and I certainly agree) – i.e. the very point of this entry – why is a similar call regarding race deemed a derailment of the ‘higher motives of art’?

  5. valeria says:

    Dear art reader’s way to bring politics in art.? I know, that is part of our everyday life, but can we stay out of that for a moment and just enjoy what we see?

  6. valerie says:

    Agree strongly with Valeria. Aesthetics first please!

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