THOUGHTS N FEELINGS

Hauser Wirth & Schimmel's Show of Women

We are excited about the March 2016 opening of Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, yet another new gallery in Downtown LA. They will inaugurate their arrival to LA’s Arts District with an expansive show called “Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women, 1947 - 2016.” Featuring almost 100 works by 34 artists, all of them women, the shows arc spans decades of morphing sculptural styles and movements that parallel the equally expanding and evolving feminist movement. While we are thrilled that such a prolific show is coming to Downtown LA, and that it will exclusively include works by women – a long-overshadowed demographic within the art market – we would love it even more if the show's title didn't need to rely on calling out women.  A show called "Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture, 1947 - 2016” could still feature works predominantly by women. To include “by Women” in the title of the show accepts the art market bias against women by implying that work by only women could not support a show about Abstract Sculpture as a whole and instead must exist in the isolated, branded category of Abstract Sculpture by Women. The Broad Museum’s current show is dominated by male artists but it isn’t called “The Inaugural Installation by Men,” it’s called “The Inaugural Installation.” We’d love to live in a world where women and men are shown equally in galleries and museums and where Hauser Wirth & Schimmel does not have to specify the gender of its artists.  •

Hauser Wirth & Schimmel opens in March 2016 in the Arts District

Hauser Wirth & Schimmel opens in March 2016 in the Arts District