June Leaf

Edward Thorp Gallery

In 1978, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago mounted a retrospective of June Leaf’s art, which included works in various mediums (painting, gouache on paper, assemblages, and sculpture) that she had made since her teens. Now almost 60, Leaf seems to have been either overlooked or marginalized by the forces who author “official history.” In many ways, and for many of the same reasons, her position in the art world parallels that of Nancy Spero and, until recently, of Louise Bourgeois. Not only have all three made their womanhood an integral part of their art, but they have also chosen to work with images, materials, and methods the art world has responded to reticently. Yet with their work, they have evolved an oeuvre that posits a subversive relationship to the dominant culture.

This exhibition, Leaf’s first substantial show in New York in 12 years, consisted of 14 acrylic paintings.

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