Fresh eyes

Tate Modern exhibits overlooked pop art by women

Doll Festival 1966 by Ushio Shinohara. Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art (Yamamura Collection) © Ushio and Noriko Shinohara

Pop art by women artists from the 1960s and 70s, that had been largely overlooked by the art establishment, is about to receive recognition in a major show at London’s Tate Modern. “It’s never too late,” said curator Jessica Morgan, who spent five years — with a team of curators — uncovering the 160-or-so works and their backstories. The contribution of women artists has been mostly “removed and erased” from the story of pop art. Judy Chicago, whose iconic feminist installation The Dinner Party (1979) is on permanent display at New York’s Brooklyn Museum remember the era well: “Oh my God! When I left graduate school I was exhibiting in a climate that was unbelievably inhospitable to women. It was a real struggle.” The curatorial team have looked beyond the usual Anglo-American male pop art preserve, and included works — by men as well as women — from eastern Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. “If you are based in Latin America and living through the junta taking place in Argentina and Brazil, your relationship to news media [and] to US commercial culture has a much more abrasive quality to it than the celebration we associate with most work in the US and the UK,” Morgan said. The EY Exhibition: The World Goes Pop opens on September 17.

Read the full story at the Guardian.

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