Painting was a Lady goes America
curated by Heike Kelter
20 September - 5 October 2014
Opening 19 September 2014, 6.30 - 9 pm
OLIVIA BERCKEMEYER, GABI HAMM, FRANZISKA HUFNAGEL, FRANZISKA HOLSTEIN, MELISSA STECKBAUER, LAURA BRUCE, JENNIFER OELLERICH, HEIKE KELTER, ALEX TENNIGKEIT, ALEXANDRA BAUMGARTNER, CATHERINE LORENT, Katrin Plavcak, EVA SCHWAB, BETTINA SELLMANN, JULIA RÜTHER, KATHARINA ZIEMKE
15 female painters with residence in Berlin exhibit their works that vary inbetween figuration and landscape. The title is reminiscent of the film "Satan was a Lady" (1975) by the American director Doris Wishman. One can adopt a neutral attitude towards her oeuvre, however, Wishman's career has certainly been rather idiosyncratic. As a director she is generally known for having worked through sexploitation film in all its facets; wisely starting her career in a field exclusively dominated by men under the pseudonyum Louis Silverman.
"Painting as Male Domain" is a wonderfully disputatious theme; however, the title primarily refers to the fact that - at least in German - 'painting', as well as 'art', is feminine and thus originally female. In fact, in our cultural and intellectual history , 'art' is particularly associated with Apollo or with Dionysus at the most. Only Camille Paglia established that further down, deep down and dark, one can find an ancient chtonic dynamic. Painting was a Lady.