Courtesy of Ellen Altfest.
Men, is an exhibition organized by artist Ellen Altfest which includes ten paintings of men made by women.
Loosely tied together by the vocabulary of representational painting, the works in the exhibition are as varied as the artists themselves who range in age from twenty-five to ninety. Men are portrayed with lust, empathy, humor and derision. The images are candid and outspoken.
The exhibition’s open-endedness encompasses the diversity of attitudes of women today. Women have feelings about men they know personally, opinions about male figures in power, and a complex spectrum of observations in between.
The artists in the show make work to satisfy their own personal and ideological objectives. In this way, the exhibition is as much about the ten women making these paintings as it is about the men represented within them.
Artists included in the exhibition are: Ellen Altfest, Katherine Bernhardt, Chie Fueki, Hilary Harkness, Karen Heagle, Marina Kappos, Catherine Murphy, Jo Robertson, Ridykeulous, Clare Rojas, Sylvia Sleigh
A catalogue published in conjunction with the exhibition includes an essay by Jane Harris and a letter of protest by Ridykeoulous.