This Wednesday, June 25th, Sargent’s Daughters in New York will open a new eponymous group exhibition featuring works by 40 women artists, including VCS faculty members Emily Weiner and Amy Wilson. The opening reception will take place at the gallery from 6 to 8 pm on Wednesday evening.
Here is a description of the show from the gallery’s website:
Sargent was best known in his life as a portrait painter, though he produced a prodigious inventory of landscape, historical and travel watercolors. His reputation for capturing the mystery and essence of a sitter’s beauty led him to be commissioned to paint the most socially prominent women of his day. As subjects, the women in Sargent’s paintings are not passive creatures, yet they are not entirely active either. When we consider the influence of Sargent on a later generation of artists the question of this participation remains.
What has Sargent’s influence on women artists been? The wide range of artists who react to his work includes sculptors, photographers, painters and installation artists– each drawing on different aspects of his work. The immediacy of emotion and the palpable sense of illusion are present in these pieces, creating a thread to link the past of Sargent’s women with the present.
Sargent’s Daughters will run from June 25 to July 26, 2014. The gallery is located at 179 East Broadway in New York, and is open Wednesday through Saturday from 12 to 6 p.m. during the summer. For more information, contact Sargent’s Daughters at 917-463-3901 or [email protected] You can also get updates via their Twitter stream. For more about Sargent’s Daughters, check out this interview with owner/directors Allegra LaViola and Meredith Rosen on BLOUIN ARTINFO.