Jan 25 2019
SARAH LUCAS, MARTHA ROSLER & HILMA AF KLINT ADDED TO SVA IMAGE LIBRARYIn the Loupe
The VRC has just added over 100 images to the SVA Image Library featuring the work of three amazing, multigenerational women artists: Hilma af Klint (1862-1944), Martha Rosler (b. 1943); and Sarah Lucas (b. 1962).
Currently on view at the Guggenheim (until April 23, 2019) is the bold and colorful work of Hilma af Klint, who started creating groundbreaking abstract paintings in 1906, years before her better-known male contemporaries would come to do so. The first major solo exhibition dedicated to the artist in the U.S., Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future has been reciving rave reviews, and for good reason, as it features the artist's long-underrecognized achievements that have mostly been unseen until the 1980's!
The New Museum just presented the first U.S. survey of artist Sarah Lucas's artwork, entitled Sarah Lucas: Au Naturel. While this show sadly ended a couple of weeks ago, you can check out select pieces from her provocative body of work online using the SVA Image Library, taken from the exhibition catalog of the same title available here at the Library. Subverting traditional notions of gender, identity, and sexuality, Lucas transforms found objects and everyday materials such as stockings, cigarettes, and food into fragmented, surreal pieces rife with erotic and elements, challenging social norms.
Martha Rosler's work can currently be seen in person through March 3, 2019 in a survey exhibition, entitled Martha Rosler: Irrespective, devoted entirely to her work at the Jewish Museum. Working in a variety of media, from photomontages to large-scale installations, Rosler's work for over the past five decades has addressed timely issues such gener roles, war, inequality, gentrification, and labor rights. Characterized by sharp wit and intellectual precision, her work integrates political and social issues with urgency, remaining as relevant today as when they were first created. We highly recommend checking this show out before it closes; however, if you can't make it we have tons of materials on this extremely influential artist here at the library!
IMAGES (left to right): Martha Rosler, Photo-Op (from House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home, New Series), 2004. Photomontage; Hilma af Klint, Group X, No. 1, Altarpiece (Altarbild), 1915. Oil and metal leaf on canvas, 93 1/2 x 70 11/16 inches (237.5 x 179.5 cm). The Hilma af Klint Foundation; Sarah Lucas, Got a Salmon on in the Garden, 2000. Gelatin silver print, 69½ x 48¾ inches (176.5 x 117.5 cm).