Elaine, Let’s Get the Hell Out of Here

Cat Kron asks whether the identity of minority artists should be reflected in their work

By Cat Kron

Al Loving, Untitled, 1976, paper collage, 130 × 76 cm. Courtesy the artist and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York

Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York, 29 June – 18 August What, if anything, of personal identity are minority and marginalised artists obligated to address in their work? This is the question that Elaine, Let’s Get the Hell Out of Here takes up. The show’s title refers to a remark once made by Joan Mitchell to her friend Elaine de Kooning, as recalled by the latter in 1971, in response to a male reveller’s address to them as ‘women artists’. The qualifier…

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