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Robin Kahn

Susan Inglett Gallery

Robin Kahn’s work as an editor and an artist has entailed a close monitoring of the legacy of creative endeavors undertaken by women; at the same time she has continued to develop her own host of political themes. In Time Capsule: A Concise Encyclopedia by Women Artists, a hefty anthology she conceived and edited in 1995, writings and drawings submitted by women from around the world were arranged according to a charged lexicon, from “abstract porno” to “veils.” In this show of six paintings and a sculpture addressing female stereotypes in realms of fashion, the body, and labor, Kahn carried out her project in another medium. Family Tree, 1995, a quilt thrown casually over the base of a wooden chair, could serve as an emblem for her work; the quilt was embroidered with the names of women artists, from Rosa Bonheur to Agnes Martin—a comforting reminder of a feminist art history.

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