New Exhibition Project: The Women Who Made Modern Art Modern. Opens in Miami, December 2016.
In the late fall of 1965 Martha Jackson published a small catalogue. In were a selection of works by then up and coming artists. Looking back from 2016 we can see a brilliant eye at work Not only was she a champion of such American artists as Larry Rivers, Sam Francis and Grace Hartigan but she presented to her New York clients artists from other parts of the globe: Alan Davie, William Scott, and Alberto Burri.
Two decades earlier the collector and patron Peggy Guggenheim opened her Art of the Century Gallery on 57th St. to show the ” most audacious American art to a still hesitant audience.” And who were these artists: Jackson Pollock, Richard Pousette Dart and Robert Motherwell to name but three of these emerging talents.
Eleanor Ward opened her doors a few years later and to a growing audience eager to learn know and collect what was now the great trend in American art, Abstract Expressionism. Her now famous Stable Annuals presented many who are today considered the foundation of post war American art: Willem de Kooning, Hans Hofmann and Franz Kline. But also among these name are those of equal talent and less notoriety: Nicholas Carone, Ray Parker and Perle Fine. Later she gave Andy Warhol his first show after being turned down by Leo Castelli.
The proposed exhibition explores the careers and programs of some sixteen art dealers all of whom women and all of whom were great innovators in their day supporting and championing the new in American art. The artists they promoted, supported and exhibited now represent the pantheon of American art and artists. This might be an untold story or even an unchartered history of the small entrepreneurial businesses and personalities that help develop and promote American visual culture both here and abroad.
Among the dealers included in this exhibition included Betty Parsons, Eleanor Ward, Martha Jackson, Terry Dintenfass, Virginia Dwan among others.