New York

“Thirteen Women Artists”

117 Prince Street Gallery

It is dangerous to suggest attributes, whether descriptive or critical in nature, of art made by women. While it has often been argued that the work is more organic, centralized, earthy, flowery, delicate, or sexual, these qualities are applicable to only a small portion of work done by women and hold for an equal number of men. For example, the obsession with sexual imagery in Eva Hesse, Yayoi Kusama, and Niki de Saint-Phalle has its male counterparts in Lucas Samaras, Bruce Nauman, and other post-Minimalists. The category “Women’s Art” may be necessary as a political issue but it can obscure what is of primary importance, the work of individual artists. Because many group shows have not been subjected to rigorous selection, much mediocre work has been exhibited. The most noteworthy exception, Lucy Lippard’s show “Twenty-Six Contemporary Women Artists” at the Larry Aldrich Museum, was

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