The Katonah Museum of Art is premiering a new art exhibition, “Sparkling Amazons: Abstract Expressionist Women of the 9th St. Show,” starting in October. 

The exhibition features the female artists who took part in the revolutionary 9th St. Art Show. It will highlight their work and the contributions they made to the Abstract Expressionism movement of the 1940s and 1950s.

In 1951, more than 60 artists gathered in the basement of a building that was scheduled for demolition, on E. 9th St., in Manhattan to host an art show. They displayed their avant-garde style of work to the world, as it was deemed too radical to display in museums and galleries. This mode of art is now recognized as Abstract Expressionism.

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The 9th Street Art Exhibition or the 9th St. Show, was a groundbreaking event in art history. It was the introduction of Abstract Expressionism into mainstream culture and the show skyrocketed New York City to the forefront of the global art scene.
Out of the more than 60 artists in the show, only 11 of them were women.
Now, almost 70 years later, the women of the 9th St. Show’s artwork is on display in the same space once again, at the Katonah Museum of Art.
The exhibition details their great strides in the art world and calls attention to the fact that some of these women remain unacknowledged contributors to the Abstract Expressionism movement. 

Now, Sparkling Amazons is letting these women shine as they never have before.

The exhibition is curated by associate curator, Michele Wijegoonaratna, Ph.D., who said, “Everyone knows who the famous women of Abstract Expressionism were, but it was interesting for us to tease out what these other women were making and how they fit into the context of their more well-known contemporaries.”

With 30 works of art, amassed from American museums and private collections, alongside documentary photography, the full picture is now being painted of the women of the Abstract Expressionist movement.

The exhibition includes major paintings by Helen Frankenthaler, Grace Hartigan, Elaine de Kooning, Lee Krasner, and Joan Mitchell, as well as works by Perle Fine, Anne Ryan and recently discovered paintings and sculptures by Sonja Sekula, Day Schnabel, Marguerite Knoop, and Jean Steubing.
“Sparkling Amazons: Abstract Expressionist Women of the 9th St. Show” runs from Oct. 6 to Jan. 26. For more information, visit KatonahMuseum.org