As part of Women’s History Month, we’re offering a week of #5WomenArtists, inspired by the National Museum of Women in the Arts. We asked some women of Swann to tell us about their five favorite female artists.
I am drawn to the complexity Nevelson achieves, particularly in sculpture, through the use of constrictions, which allow chance to assist in the creative process. She is known for using found objects, including garbage from the streets of New York City, as primary elements in her monochromatic compositions. Last fall I went to Black and White: Louise Nevelson/Pedro Guerrero exhibition at the Farnsworth Art Museum, in Rockland, Maine and saw many works from their holdings, the second largest collection of Nevelson’s work in the world.
Louise Nevelson, Black Wall, 1959. Courtesy of the Tate.
Seeing nature through Celmins’s viewpoint feels like enlightenment. Her photorealistic approach to painting, drawing and printmaking results in a sense of submersion, while her meticulous compositions and expert draftsmanship reveals artistic talent that I admire.
Vija Celmins, Untitled Portfolio, complete set of four color lithographs, 1975. Sold November 15, 2012 for $45,600.
O’Keeffe was one of the first American female artists to have gallery representation. My favorite works are dream-like views of nature from her time spent in Lake George, New York. She examines the depths of colors found in rocks, trees and leaves, for example adding violet and blue to what the untrained eye perceives as brown.
Helen Frankenthaler, Eve, color screenprint, 1995. Sold November 12, 2015 for $12,500.
I admire Carrington for pushing boundaries. As a young woman from a well-off family, she had the privilege of traveling Europe and Mexico and met an array of modern thinkers, writers and artists. They inspired her to use her artistic voice, both in painting and text, to explore the female psyche and identity.