Jewish Museum in New York Exhibit Shows Key Works by Women Artists

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NEW YORK (REUTERS).- A new exhibit at The Jewish Museum explores the impact of feminism, which inspired new ideas and challenged old ones, on contemporary painting over the last half century. With works by Judy Chicago, Nicole Eisenman, Eva Hesse, Lee Krasner, Lee Lozano, Miriam Schapiro, Nancy Spero and others, “Shifting the Gaze: Painting and Feminism,” examines the roots of feminist art in Abstract Expressionism, Pop and Minimalism, extending to the present. “These were all extremely well-trained artists who studied at the best schools with the best teachers, but their experience informed their feminism,” said Daniel Belasco, the exhibit’s curator. “They felt discriminated against in art schools with all-male faculties and galleries took them less seriously than their male peers. They saw a big disparity between the ideals of art and the reality of trying to be an artist, particularly for women,” he added. The works ar