Xico Greenwald blogs about the exhibition Biala: Vision & Memory at Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Queens College, on view through October 26, 2013. Biala's work is also on view at Tibor de Nagy Gallery through October 27, 2013.
Greenwald writes: "Neither during her long life nor in the years since her death has Biala’s contribution to art history received the attention it deserves. Museum Director Amy H. Winter says 'the politics of gender and style' and the fact that Biala 'never fully embraced the mythic freedom and daring associated with abstract expressionism' left the painter 'marginalized.' Making 'intimate' artworks while living in Paris 'rendered her ‘other.’' For Ms. Winter this overdue exhibition 'serves as a tribute to artists who, like Biala, persist in remaining faithful to their personal vision.'"
Schor writes: "I figure that since the show is divided into two parts, installed along two separate sections of the space, with one side featuring the works of women artists who are deceased, and the other side featuring those of us still among the living, I feel that I can safely recommend the dead without incurring controversy among the other living artists in the show or referring to my own work in it or the ramifications of the word 'lady, ' which I know has stirred some controversy. Curator Jason Andrew of Norte Maar has assembled some terrific work in this show, a diverse group of works by notable artists and artists that some may be less familiar with, and in each case has included a very good example of the artist’s work, and in some cases quite a surprising one. Again, I am just talking about the dead. The works are grouped in open bays or booths, creating in effect small mini-exhibitions with some interesting synergies."
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