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True Grit

March 9 – May 6, 2000


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The New York Times, May 5, 2000

by Roberta Smith

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Artists included in this exhibition: Louise Bourgeois, Lee Bontecou, Jay DeFeo, Claire Falkenstein, Nancy Grossman, Louise Nevelson, and Nancy Spero

Michael Rosenfeld Gallery is pleased to present True Grit, a group exhibition featuring twenty-one paintings, drawings and assemblages dating from the 1950s through the early 1970s by seven women artists: Louise Bourgeois, Lee Bontecou, Jay DeFeo, Claire Falkenstein, Nancy Grossman, Louise Nevelson and Nancy Spero. With the exception of Nancy Spero’s nebulous specters, works included in this exhibition are all abstract and share a strong, angst-filled sensibility. As Arlene Raven states in the catalogue essay:

True Grit assumes nothing about these artists according to their gender. Their individualistic eccentricities make any classification of the seven artists so named difficult and imperfect. Indeed it is their very ungroupability that creates the character of their ensemble. What can be said with assurance is that they are among the best of their generation and have made bodies of work that are tough, deep, and absorbing.

True Grit includes a predominance of three-dimensional works and will present major wood assemblages by Louise Bourgeois, Nancy Grossman and Louise Nevelson. In addition, the exhibition includes a classic fabric and metal wall assemblage by Lee Bontecou as well as several welded metal and glass sculptures by California artist Claire Falkenstein. A group of Nancy Spero drawings from 1960,

which precede her well-known War Series, will be shown for the very first time. Furthermore, this will be the first opportunity to view two major 1970 paintings by ‘Beat painter’ Jay DeFeo, who is best known for her monumental painting, The Rose (now in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art). Drawings by Lee Bontecou and Louise Bourgeois will also be included.

True Grit will travel and be on view at the following institutions:

Marsh Art Gallery, University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia
August 21 - September 29, 2002

University of New Hampshire Art Gallery, Durham, NH
October 31 - December 15, 2001

El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, Texas
February 15 - April 15, 2003

University of Kentucky Art Museum, Lexington, KY
September 7 - October 26, 2003.

Newcomb Gallery, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
December 4, 2003 - February 15, 2004

Center for the Visual Arts, Metropolitan State College of Denver, Denver, Colorado
March 11 - April 25, 2004