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A Dangerous Woman: Subversion and Surrealism in the Art of Honoré Sharrer

From 09/29/17 10:00 am until 01/07/18 4:00 pm
Categories: Museum, Art Gallery
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Honoré Sharrer's rise in the art world was meteoric. Starting at the tender age of nineteen and throughout her twenties, she was included in major exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Modern Art, which already included one of her paintings in its collection. 

Because of her commitment to progressive ideals, however, Sharrer found herself increasingly marginalized in the tense political climate of the Cold War. Furthermore, her representational art was dismissed in the rigidly male-driven, abstraction-focused art world of that era. She responded to these challenges by developing a sophisticated strategy of visual subversion that maintained her reformist concerns and poetic vision while concealing the incisive bite of her sharp criticism. Sharrer confidently drew from an impressive range of material—including art history, myth, nursery rhymes, and mass media. She used this material as a tool to expose an oppressive social and political climate that diminished the richness of human experience.

Image Credit:  Honoré Sharrer American, 1920–2009. Nursery Rhyme, 1971. Oil on canvas. Collection of Adam Zagorin and the late Perez Zagorin.