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TEFAF New York Cultural Program Spring 2019:

"Maverick Modernism: Firebrand Women of the Early 20th Century"

Georgia O' Keefe, Hilma Af Klint, Amrita Shergil, Frieda Khalo and Tseng Yuoho belong to a a rare group of iconic female painters that were defying the norms of their time and were creating major bodies of art at the turn of the 20th century, in a mostly male dominated arena. The world was seeing dramatic change with industrial, economic and cultural revolutions spreading across the globe in different flavors. There were significant shifts in the politics, the sciences and the arts. This atmosphere set the stage for new and dynamic artistic movements that would make permanent impressions on the structure of art making.The panel hopes to explore contributions across the continents of female artists who were outliers of their time but intimately contributed to shifting modernism. What were the factors that contributed to their trajectories in art? What were their challenges? and what is their legacy and impact on subsequent generations of artists? What were the different artistic shifts happening across the globe in the first half of the 20th century and can we club them under 'modernism'?

Panel Discussion Hosted at TEFAF New York

Tracy Bashkoff, Senior Curator, Collections and Exhibition Solomon R. Guggenheim, Museum

Craig Yee, Directing Co-Founder of Ink Studio, Beijing.

Carmen Melian, Art adviser and Adjunct Professor in Latin American Art, NYU. Former Senior Specialist for Latin American Art, Sotheby's. 

David Norman, Chairman of the America's Phillips Auction House, former World Wide Head of Impressionist Art at Sotheby's.


Priyanka Mathew, South Asian Specialist, Sunderlande Art Agency.

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