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“Seven American Women: The Depression Decade”

Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College

The most interesting aspect of the exhibition of seven women artists of the ’30s at Vassar College, sponsored by A.I.R. Gallery, is not that seven more female professional artists have been reclaimed from historical obscurity to be interleafed in the ledger of artists, but that an independent feminist gallery has chosen to solicit the necessary funds to mount a historical show. The logic of their action is impeccable. The ’30s are the recent past and as such are still discussed in terms of such new “old masters” as de Kooning, Pollock and Davis. The careers of women artists of the period can be a source of role models for the present generation. Offering parallels to some of the stances taken by women artists in the last five years, the ’30s were a time when it was thought that art could have a political and social relevance. This attitude of the ’30s found expression fiscally through the

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