Women of Abstract Expressionism logo and black and white photos of 4 women abstract artists

National Media Say Don't Miss Women of Abstract Expressionism

The Denver Art Museum is showcasing a first-of-its-kind exhibition and you won’t want to miss it. Women of Abstract Expressionism, on view June 12­−September 25, features 12 women artists who were often overlooked by an art movement defined by men.

Even before it opens, Women of Abstract Expressionism received major media coverage. And for her years of work putting this exhibition together, DAM curator Gwen Chanzit was recently named one of 16 Female Curators Shaking Things Up in 2016.

"Finally, an Exhibition Devoted to the Women of Abstract Expressionism"


Follow the links below to read some of the articles, and then come check out the exhibition to see what the buzz is all about.

  • The New York Times discusses the significance of the exhibition and the gender divide in the art world, and quotes Judith Godwin about being in the DAM’s exhibition: “Ms. Godwin, 85, one of three living artists in the exhibition, said of the attention, ‘I never thought it was going to happen,’ adding she had no qualms about being included in a ‘women’s show.’”
  • Hyperallergic observes “The title—Women of Abstract Expressionism—says it all: this is a show devoted to the women artists involved with the famously macho movement, and it is the first of its kind.”
  • In their Q&A with DAM curator Gwen Chanzit, the National Endowment for the Arts Art Works Blog suggests "As you're making your summer vacation plans, you might want to include a trip to the Denver Art Museum...."
  • Travel + Leisure notes "Some of the artists in the show, like Elaine de Kooning, wife of Willem, and Lee Krasner, wife of Jackson Pollock, painted in the shadows of their more famous partners. This show will hopefully elevate their work—as well as the works of Sonia Gechtoff, Jay DeFeo, Perle Fine, and Judith Godwin, to name a few—to their rightful place in the canon."
  • Observer Culture says “Turns out many great Ab-Ex painters were, in fact, women.”

Women of Abstract Expressionism is included with general admission; free for members.

Image credits: Sonia Gechtoff, 1957. Courtesy of Sonia Gechtoff. Judith Godwin, Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, 1959. Courtesy Judith Godwin. Mary Abbott in studio about 1949–50. Courtesy McCormick Gallery, Chicago. Deborah Remington, 1955. Courtesy Deborah Remington Charitable Trust for the Visual Arts.

Anna Groeling was a summer 2016 content intern in the marketing department at the Denver Art Museum. She loves the photography displayed in the museum and recommends seeing Star Wars and the Power of Costume when it opens November 13, 2016.