The work of women artists was a key component to the collecting practice of Melva Bucksbaum. Beginning in the early 1970s under the influence of her friend Louise Noun, who was also a collector and a feminist activist who focused on acquiring works by women artists, Bucksbaum championed the work of women artists and supported them through acquisitions. None of the works in Bucksbaum’s collection were acquired specifically because of an artist’s gender, but rather for the way women artists have pushed the boundaries of stereotype, imagery and assumptions about female identity through their work. While advances have been made since the 1970s, women artists still remain underrepresented in most art institutions, a circumstance that was significant for Bucksbaum and towards which she worked to rectify in some degree throughout her collecting career. In subject matter, media and theory, the richness and scope of work by women artists created a central theme to the Melva Bucksbaum Collection. Highlights in the upcoming sale include works by Melora Kuhn, Louise Bourgeois, Holly Coulis, Nina Lola Bachhuber, Allyson Ross, Cindy Sherman, Maia Naveriani, Kim McCarty, Valery Koshlyakov, Sarah Anne Johnson, Judy Pfaff and Elizabeth Murray.
Time & Location
A Contemporary Vision: Works from the Melva Bucksbaum Collection, Part II on June 1 at 11am