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10 Female Abstract Expressionists You Should Know

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Few art movements are as synonymous with the image of a paint-splattered male painter than abstract expressionism. Some of art history’s most radical masculine personalities emerged from the period, in which the physicality of the works echoed the ever-present “cult of manhood.” Female abstract expressionists adopted pseudonyms, positioning their work as genderless — often leading to deeply personal conflicts with their roles as women, artists, and occasionally, the wives of the movement’s most celebrated figures. Few were accepted into the circle of men, and most weren’t recognized until their deaths. Continuing our series about female artists, we revisit the work and careers of ten abstract expressionists whose contributions are essential to the movement and whose struggle for legitimacy paved the way for women in the arts.
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Susan Hashtag, Oh No She Didion’t, and Other Punny Illustrations of Cultural Icons

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Catherine Pearson’s Vaguely Important People series offers irreverent twists on subjects most would consider very important: from W.B. Yeats to Susan Sontag, Pearson tweaks art museum and college bookshelf staples into playful, pun-laden illustrations. Considering Sontag’s views on photography, we don’t imagine she’d be too happy with her portrait as a selfie-taking hashtag addict, but along with “DJ W.B. Beatz” and “Jane Birkinstock,” she’s certainly in good company. All of Pearson’s prints are available for purchase here; click through for a look at a sampling of her VIPs.
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Portraits of Famous Philosophers Painted in the Style of Famous Artists

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The Internet is loaded with mashup art, but we rarely see anyone joining pop culture, art, and philosophy the way Renée Jorgensen Bolinger does. The philosophy graduate student at the University of Southern California created a series of portraits, using philosophers like Ludwig Wittgenstein, Immanuel Kant, and Philippa Foot as her subjects. She paints them in the style of like-minded artists — equally famous figures such as Mondrian, Picasso, and Toulouse-Lautrec. See more of Bolinger’s clever series past the break, and visit her shop to purchase prints.
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A Whistlestop Tour of Famous New York City Artists’ Studios and Homes

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If you’ve got a spare $650, you can apparently rent one of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s old studios for a night on Airbnb. Investigating artists’ places of work has always fascinated the Flavorwire crew, and there are few better places to do so that NYC (even if you can’t actually get into all of them). The city is dotted with the locations of legendary studios — you just have to know where to look.
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The Year’s Most Notorious Art Lawsuits

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Civil rulings in New York are marked by their dryness and professionalism. But this can be tossed out the window when the dispute concerns a work of art. One such utterance, by state Supreme Court Justice Barbara Kapnick on Wednesday, concerned the current tiff between billionaire collector Ron Perelman and über-gallerist Larry Gagosian. “These two gentlemen ought to get together at a cocktail party in the Hamptons,” her honor ordered, and “see if they can’t get it resolved.”
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