The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) is creatively honoring women artists. Inspired by the Centre Pompidou, Paris, France, a majority of the art on exhibit this fall is made up of works produced exclusively by women. The Renaissance, Asian, and Native American Art galleries will remain the same, but a subset of the show originally created by the Centre Pompidou will feature female artists from 1907-2007. Over 130 works of art will be on display at the SAM on loan from Paris. In addition to the Pompidou traveling exhibit, the other 20th Century art on display at the SAM will all have been made by women artists.
Featured works include The Blue Room by Suzanne Valadon, The Frame by Frida Kahlo, Barbed Hula by Sigalit Landau, and works by Georgia O’Keefe. Marisa Sanchez, the associate curator of modern and contemporary art at SAM, did not shy away from including works that may shock or provoke viewers. She hopes that patrons will leave the exhibit thinking about why we are comfortable seeing naked women in paintings from the Renaissance, and about why we may be less comfortable with female nudity in photography and modern art. The exhibit runs until January 13, 2013.
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