Gourmet Fair

Critic’s Choice: Amazing Amazons

Martha Rosler Brooklyn, New York, 1943 Woman with Vacuum, or Vacuuming Pop Art, 1965–74, C-Print, 61,4 x 51,2 x 2,5 cm, Exhibition Copy, Courtesy of the artist and the Gallery Nagel Draxler, Berlin/Cologne, All Rights Reserved

Nice, France — Always luxurious and lively, the south of France and in particular the French Riviera become even more so in the heady days of summer when sun, sea, swimming and rosé wines offer the basics for glorious days surrounded by shimmering shades of blue. But the Riviera is punctuated by myriad cultural offerings, too, so The Gourmet Gazette takes you to an enticing exhibition in the city of Nice to explore the artistic creations of pioneering women artists.

A Colorful Still Life By Christa Dichgans. Credit: Christa Dichgans, Berlin (Allemagne), 1940–2018, Stillleben mit Frosch [Nature morte à la grenouille], 1969 Aquatec paint on canvas,55 x 65 cm Collection Esra and John Hartung, Berlin, Courtesy Galerie Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin/The Estate of Christa Dichgans©Photographe: Jochen Littkemann
Martha Rosler, Brooklyn, New York, 1943, Cosmic Kitchen IIFrom the series: House Beautiful: The Colonies, 1966 – 1972 C-Print40,64 x 50,80 cmCourtesy of the artist and the Gallery Nagel Draxler, Berlin/ Cologne. All Rights Reserved

There is the woman vacuuming, the intriguing and beautiful works of the Franco-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle, a still-life whose centerpiece is a green frog. For its 30th anniversary the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nice, known by its French acronym the MAMAC, is hosting a spectacular show about a little known face of the Pop Art movement, its women artists. Entitled She-Bam Pow POP Wizz! The Amazons of POP, the exhibition brings together some 165 works by European and North American artists focusing in on a generation of women artists who from 19961 until 1973 opened up a road less travelled by, an alternative road, and who would contribute to the story of Pop Art, one of the leading art movements of the second half of the 20th century.

Kay Kurt, Dubuque, Iowa (États-Unis), 1944, Triptych, 1967 Oil on Linen Canvas,243,8 x 243,8 cm,Copyright Kay KurtCourtesy of the artist and Albertz Benda, New York. All Rights Reserved

The works on show are flamboyant, an array of colors of the rainbow, free and powerful with works by, among others Judy Chicago, Louise Nevelson and Rosalyn Drexler being exhibited alongside the works of Niki de Saint Phalle, the emblematic figure of the museum’s collection. Brigitte Bardot, Jane Fonda and Yoko Ono are among the Amazons depicted in the show. The exhibition has received the prestigious label of Exhibition of National Interest discerned by the French Ministry of Culture. The show is on until August 29th.
©Trish Valicenti for The Gourmet Gazette

Niki de Saint Phalle, Shooting Session on the Hills of Malibu, Malibu, 1962. Performance painting art. Photograph: William Claxton/Courtesy Demont Photo Management

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