Joan Mitchell: Over here and demanding your attention

I get a thrill from learning about kick-ass creative females, so you can imagine how glad I was that tonight’s Culture Show had a whole segment devoted to abstract expressionist painter Joan Mitchell.

Now, I must admit that I had not heard about Mitchell before… but this is not so surprising since, whilst she has been described as ‘one of the most important and singular American painters of the post-war period’, Mitchell (born 1925) has been largely obscured by her male contemporaries. Her peers in the macho world of the abstract expressionist movement included art superstars Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock –  and much has been made of Mitchell’s work falling by the wayside due to gendered favouritism.

Still, it seems Chicago born Mitchell was tough enough to carve a path out for herself in the art form; an assertive, sometimes stand-offish, foul mouthed female, Mitchell carried on perfecting her craft long after abstract expressionism had fallen out of favour with fickle critics. She continued creating her vibrant and lively works up until her death in 1992.

Having remained obscure to far too many for far too long, Mitchell now seems to be getting the recognition she so rightly deserves – and the first British exhibition devoted to her works is set to open at Edinburgh’s Inverleith House on August the 27th. Find out more here.

You can catch the Culture Show episode which features Joan Mitchell here (it’s the Edinburgh Festival Special, Part 2)

By: Sarah Barnes, 19.08.2010 | Comments (0)
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Elimination of Violence Against Women Day – candle lit vigil tonight

Candle Lit

Today, the 25th November, is the United Nations Elimination of Violence Against Women Day and, to mark the day, there will be candle lit vigils held in both London and Edinburgh.

For all women worldwide who have been murdered and affected by male perpetrated violence (and in protest of the recent sexual attack on blogger Noble Savage at the Reclaim The Night march in London), Million Women Rise will hold a peaceful candle lit vigil tonight in Trafalgar Square at 7pm.

Million Women Rise, along with other women’s organisations, like Object, the Women and Girls’ Network and Roshni, are inviting self-identified women and male allies to come along and bring a candle to light in remembrance of all women who have suffered male violence.

The Edinburgh University Feminist group will gather in Bristo Square at 6pm, along with political choir Protest in Harmony, to launch their 16 Days of Activism to End Gender Violence campaign. All victims of homophobic and transphobic violence will be in the thoughts of those attending. As the Edinburgh Uni Feminists say;

“Join us to make a strong public statement, to visually highlight crimes which are too often hidden from public view.”

By: Sarah Barnes, 25.11.2009 | Comments (0)
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