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,