Femme F(r)iction — Female artists from the last 100 years

11 May 2023 – 26 May 2023
Academy Mansion, Upper East Side, New York

Following our philosophy of hybrid exhibition concepts across periods and tailored to extraordinary spaces, “Femme F(r)iction” was held at the historic Academy Mansion, a breathtakingly elegant townhouse on the Upper East Side.

Spanning four stories, the exhibition celebrated female artists over the last 100 years, showcasing their work within the wider contexts of identity, power, sexuality, and solidarity and bringing together renowned luminaries alongside emerging new talent.

Over 50 artists and designers were exhibited:

Magdalena Abakanowicz, Tomma Abts, Sophia-Yemisi Adeyemo, Yasmina Alaoui, Lita Albuquerque, Andrea Marie Breiling, Johanna Bath, Clarina Bezzola, Sofia Borges, Andrea Bowers, Cecily Brown, Lee Bul, Chiara Capellini, Leonora Carrington, Judy Chicago, Charlotte Colbert, Gabriella Crespi, Isabelle D, Brigitte D’Annibale, Carmen D’Appollonio, Jen DeNike, Betil Dagdelen, Daisy Dodd-Noble, Ingrid Donat, Marlene Dumas, Egg Collective, Kim Faler, Leonor Fini, Vera Frisén, Rachel Garrard, Isa Genzken, Françoise Gilot, Paula Hayes, Mary Heilmann, Loie Hollowell, Baseera Khan, Anna Kenneally, Sophie Kitching, Seffa Klein, Louise Lawler, Cesare Leonardi & Franca Stagi, Sherrie Levine, Maria Lindeman, Tamara de Lempicka, Esther Mahlangu, Sophie Matisse, Lola Montes Schnabel, Keelin Montzingo, Calli Moore, Louise Nevelson, Michele Oka Doner, Precious Opara, Naïla Opiangah, Maria Pergay, Toni Ross, Analia Saban, Elisabeth von Samsonow, Virginia San Fratello, Cindy Sherman, Jeanne Silverthorne, Emily Sundblad, Valentine de Saint-Point, Pat Steir, Rosemarie Trockel, Elizabeth Strong-Cuevas, Faye Toogood, Maryam Turkey, Nicola Tyson, Kara Walker, Joana Vasconcelos, Leslie Wayne, Susannah Weaver, Claudia Wieser, Victoria Wilmotte, Antonia Wright and Najla El Zein.

We continue to shine a light on all these extraordinary artists and designers with works still available for sale and invite you to browse through our catalogue, installation images or dive into our virtual tour.

Coinciding with the exhibition, we were also pleased to present Salvador Dali’s masterwork “Cosmic Madonna” which has remained in the same family’s collection for the past 40 years and is available for private acquisition.

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Femme F(r)iction

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Femme F(r)iction

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Exhibition Essay
By Sarah Wilson

’Women — those real ‘pieces of work’ (pace Hamlet) — are the F(r)iction. Friction is a force: atomic, molecular, static, kinetic, fluid, lubricated: it makes things work: it is the essence of the caress and of pleasure. Without friction no ecstasy, as Valentine de Saint Point knew when she wrote her pioneering ‘Manifesto of Lust’ in 1913. This dreamed-for constellation of women artists, extending beyond a century in time, continues the lineages celebrated in Judy Chicago’s Dinner Table: from Cleopatra and Sappho, to artists Artemisia Gentileschi, or Georgia O’Keeffe.’

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Exhibition Catalogue
Femme F(r)iction

Femme F(r)iction follows our philosophy of bringing hybrid exhibition concepts across periods to landmark architecture. Spanning four stories of “Academy Mansion”, Femme F(r)iction brings together renowned luminaries alongside emerging talent within the wider contexts of identity, power, sexuality and solidarity.

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About Academy Mansion NYC
By Sarah Wilson

The historic Academy Mansion was once home to the New York Academy of Sciences, located in the heart of the Upper East Side on 63rd and Fifth Avenue. Built in 1921 by Frederick Sterner for William Ziegler Jr., heir to the Royal Baking Powder Company fortune, the 75-foot-wide mansion defies convention by standing only three stories tall with a fourth set far back from the street – an unusual approach as lan values went up on the gold coast running up Fifth Avenue in the 19th century, mansion owners built deeper and higher. Mr. Sterner had revolutionized thinking about New York’s old blocks about a decade earlier, when he renovated a strip of moldy brownstones on 19th Street between Irving Place and Third Avenue into colored-stucco Mediterranean fantasies. Sterner’s innovative design includes an open courtyard at the center, reminiscent of a Roman villa, and boasts European fragments such as the library walls from a 16th-century English house, a mantel from Florence, and a marble floor from Tuscany.

Exhibition images
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virtual tour
Femme F(r)iction

Enjoy the virtual tour through the exhibition laid out on four stories of the historic Academy Mansion on the Upper East Side in New York.

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