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“Inside the Visible”

Institute of Contemporary Art

In an effort to reread 20th-century art history, visiting curator M. Catherine de Zegher, Director of the Kanaal Art Foundation in Belgium, presented “Inside the Visible: an elliptical traverse of 20th-century art,” a sprawling show that comprised over 250 works by 37 women artists from Europe, Asia, North and South America. Spanning more than 60 years, this exhibition suggests a trajectory of artistic production, perhaps heretofore invisible, that runs parallel to the predominant art-historical axis. The work of such prominent figures as Louise Bourgeois, Eva Hesse, Nancy Spero, Ana Mendieta, Hannah Höch, and Agnes Martin appears alongside that of lesser known artists such as Claude Cahun, Bracha Lichtenberg Ettinger, Mona Hatoum, Charlotte Salomon, Cicilia Vicuña, and Nadine Tasseel, some of whom have only recently become the object of critical study. (In addition, a film and video

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