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Anne Healy and Pat Lasch

Graduate Center of the City University and Zabriskie Gallery

A.I.R. is a gallery that specializes in painting and sculpture by women. Many of the artists exhibiting there, including Anne Healy and Pat Lasch, worked with traditionally womanly materials such as thread and cloth. At one time it was thought that their primary aim in using them was to radicalize (as in radical feminist) art through their assertion that women’s activities were the proper subject/object of art. Partially because of a political/economic belief that it is wiser to move into the mainstream, some of the artists have tended to disperse into the art world at large. Unfortunately, they continue to be grouped by their choice of materials, obscuring their real differences.

Anne Healy works in extremely different modes united only by the use of pliable materials and a reliance on tension structures to discipline the prevailing softness of the material. Her largest pieces are designed

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