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Saisha Grayson

(b Abington, PA, 1955). American installation artist. Upon graduating from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, where she studied printmaking and painting, Apfelbaum moved to New York City in 1978. Apfelbaum consistently found ways to trouble the distinctions between painting, sculpture, craft, and installation-based practices, and between pure abstraction and a range of conceptual and cultural allusions. Such productive tensions abound in the ‘fallen paintings’ for which she is best known, which feature fabrics meticulously shaped and arranged in floor-bound compositions with titles that reference everything from Disney characters to punk bands to Italian cinema. Playfully poking fun at art historical taboos and tastes, her work is often addressed as a feminist, post-modernist response to ...

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American, 20th century, female.

Born 1929, in New York.

Painter, draughtswoman. Artists’ books.

Pop Art, Identity Art (Feminist Art).

Ida Applebroog studied at the New York Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She lived briefly in California, teaching at the University of California, San Diego, and exhibiting her sculptures locally (as Ida Horowitz). After moving to New York in ...

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American, 20th century, female.

Born 30 July 1939, in Chicago.

Painter, sculptor, installation artist.

Identity Art (Feminist Art).

Judy Chicago studied at the school of the Art Institute of Chicago, receiving a BFA in 1962, and at the University of California in Los Angeles, earning an MFA in 1964. She pioneered feminist art in the USA, taking for herself the surname of Chicago as a protest against patriarchal naming practices. She set up the first feminist art programme at Fresno State College in 1970. She also worked in collaboration with Miriam Schapiro. A graduate of the University of California, she lives and works in Belen (New Mexico). She teaches in American universities, and has received many distinctions and awards. Her main themes are feminism and sexuality. She first and foremost sought to bring about in her paintings a specifically 'feminine' artistic vision. Her well-known installation ...

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American, 20th – 21st century, female.

Born 20 September 1948, in New York.

Draughtswoman, performance artist, installation artist, collage artist.

Conceptual Art, Identity Art (Feminist Art).

Adrian Margaret Piper was a student at the School of Visual Arts in New York in 1966. In 1970 she enrolled at the City College, New York, and was awarded a Doctorate in Philosophy at Harvard in ...

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American, 20th century, female.

Born 24 August 1926, in Cleveland.

Painter, draughtsman, collage artist, installation artist. Figures.

Identity Art (Feminist Art).

During the 1950s, Nancy Spero was a student at the Art Institute of Chicago, where she met the painter Leon Golub, whom she later married. In ...

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Polish, 20th century, female.

Born 23 April 1941, in Wroclaw.

Painter, sculptor, mixed media, poet.

Art Brut.

Léna Vandrey settled in Provence in 1958, having lived since the end of World War II in Germany. She was part of the feminist movement and her work is, by her own admission, 'intended to imbue women with a sense of their own history'....

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American, 20th century, female.

Born 7 March 1940, in Butler (New York); died 28 January 1993, in Houston, of cancer.

Sculptor (mixed media), photographer, painter, installation artist, performance artist.

Feminist Art.

Hannah Wilke studied at Tyler School of Fine Arts, Temple University, Philadelphia, obtaining a bachelor of science and a bachelor of fine arts degree in ...