New York

“Yvon Lambert Presents 'Artemisia'”

Paula Cooper Gallery | 529 West 21st Street

Judith chose her moment well: his was the right head and he was the right tyrant. Treacherous enough to deceive Holophernes, Judith was also cunning enough to elude the wrath of her critics: her premeditated, cold-blooded beheading of the man who loved her has, for centuries, been considered an exceptional deed. Hailed as the savior of her tribe, a heroine still, Judith (opportunist that she was) is remembered only for the courage and composure that she displayed in an hour of desperation. Many a city, therefore, has looked to her in times of need, and numerous artists have paid her tribute by depicting the decapitation of the betrayed Holophernes.

One such artist was Artemisia Gentileschi, whose painting of the incident serves as the inspiration for this exhibition. Organized under the direction of Parisian gallery owner Yvon Lambert, “Artemisia” is the American half of an exchange which

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