Prints by Female Artists as The Perfect Xmas Gift!

December 23, 2019

In recent years, galleries have been adding more women to their rosters, big museums have been exploring their collections in search of women artists that deserve recognition, and numerous institutions have been mounting exhibitions of art by women. Although there have been some developments in the field, a much larger shift is required before we manage to break out from the established preconception that art is naturally a man’s domain.

Drawn from ArtWise's collection, today's prints are all created by celebrated female artists. You can own any of these works right now!

Shirin Neshat - In Deference

One of the best known Persian artists, Shirin Neshat focuses on Muslim women, questioning their position in Iranian society, as well as the cultural, religious and political circumstances that influence their identities. She has said that she hopes the viewers of her work “take away with them not some heavy political statement, but something that really touches them on the most emotional level.”

In the work In Deference, the artist gesture and expression in literal and metaphoric terms. There is contradiction in spite of directness, and a multiplicity of powerful implications is sensitively proposed.

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Elizabeth Peyton - Elias

The American artist Elizabeth Peyton is best known for her unique portraiture. Regardless of class, race or gender of depicted subject, Payton pays special attention to their inner state and the very situation in which they are being portrayed.

The work Elias is a portrait of Elias Bender Ronnefelt, the lead singer of Danish punk band Iceage.

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Helen Frankenthaler - Aerie

One of the best-known post-war painters, Helen Frankenthaler influenced generations of modern painters with her vital and ever-changing work. Her technique of staining pigment into raw canvas helped shape an influential art movement in the mid-20th century. Her practice can be seen as a bridge between the Abstract Expressionists of the 1950s and the Color Field painters of the 1960s.

Titled Aerie, this print wonderfully embodies the energetic and radiant color so unique to Frankenthaler's works. It is a remarkably complex, hand made image utilizing more than 90 screens to achieve subtle changes in color intensity.

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Mickalene Thomas - I've Been Good To Me

A contemporary African American artist, Mickalene Thomas is best known for her paintings, collages, photography, video, and installations that draw on art history and popular culture to create a contemporary vision of female sexuality, beauty, and power.

In the work I've Been Good To Me, a woman takes a classical pose amidst a cacophony of colors and textures. While aspects of the composition evoke representations of women across art history, the work celebrates the profound power of beauty and female agency.

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Niki de Saint Phalle - Singe-Lion (Monkey-Lion)

A French sculptor, painter and filmmaker, Niki de Saint Phalle is renowned for her large sculptures of voluptuous females. Colorful, patterned, and crafted in a variety of shapes and sizes, these female figures, known as Nanas, celebrate the artist’s own feminist spirit. At the same time, these pieces hold darker secrets that reflect the acceptance of one’s body and anxieties of being a woman.

Titled Singe-Lion (Monkey-Lion), this serigraph is executed in de Saint Phalle's distinct vibrant colors.

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Barbara Bloom - Gifts

An American conceptual artist, Barbara Bloom employs a variety of media and approaches to question and critique the nature of looking and the construction of meaning, including photography, books, graphic design, and carefully-staged installations. She has an ongoing fascination with absence, presence, and the invisible—themes that appear throughout her oeuvre.

In this work, Bloom explores the nature of gifts in relation to aspects such as wrapping, covering and uncovering, pleasure, secrets, and generosity. At the same time, she reveals the complicated relationship we have with the concept of the gift.

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Nancy Graves - Community Holiday Festival

An American post-minimalist artist, Nancy Graves developed a sustained body of sculptures, paintings, drawings, watercolors, and prints. She focused on exploring natural systems and environments, veiled by an aesthetic layer of ambiguity and colorful composition.

Community Holiday Festival is the first edition exhibition poster designed by the artist for the Lincoln Center Poster Program in 1980.

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Jennifer Bartlett - Chamber Music of Lincoln Center

An American artist and painter, Jennifer Bartlett combines abstract and representational styles in her work. She is known for paintings and prints that combine the system-based aesthetic of Conceptual art with the painterly approach of Neo-expressionism.

This limited edition serigraph was created by Bartlett for the Lincoln Center Poster Program in 1981. The print has a raised blind-stamp in the lower, left-hand corner which reads as follows: Charles Cardinale Serigraph Fine Creations Inc.

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Marisol Escobar - Blackbird Love

An American-Venezuelan artist, Marisol Escobar is best known for her boxlike figurative sculptures. Along with the wooden carvings, she also painted and mixed different styles into her intriguing woodwork.

Marisol's crayon paintings express both dynamism and whimsicalness. Though two dimensional, Blackbird Love seems to be on the verge of breaking free from the page into three-dimensionality. The color palette used evokes Marisol's experience into pop-art, but the form maintains her true character and personality.

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Marie Laurencin - Girls with Flowers

A French modernist painter, printmaker, designer, and illustrator, Marie Laurencin insisted on the creation of a visual vocabulary of femininity, developing a unique approach to abstraction. She focused on the representation of groups of women and female portraits.

Girls with Flowers feature graceful, pale-skinned, dark-eyed young women with dreamy expressions, rendered in pastel hues.

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