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Spontaneous Westmont Ridley-Tree Exhibit Showcases Women Sculptors

Inspired by the opening exhibition at downtown Los Angeles’ new Hauser Wirth & Schimmel art complex, the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art has unveiled a surprise exhibition, “Women Sculptors,” before the museum’s official fall opening.

“Women Sculptors,” which includes selections from the museum’s permanent collection, features a wide variety of sculpture and prints by 16 prominent 20th-century and contemporary female sculptors.

The exhibition will remain up from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays through at least Friday, Aug. 5. It will be closed Saturdays and Sundays.

“A Westmont arts group recently visited the new downtown LA gallery to see ‘Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women, 1947-2016,’ and it inspired us to look into our own collection and interpret the same theme,” said Judy Larson, R. Anthony Askew professor of art history and museum director.

“Supplemented with a couple of outside loans, this permanent collection exhibition is a strong showing of 20th- and 21st-century women who sculpted, modeled, chiseled and constructed three dimensional art objects. The exhibition also features works from our growing print collection — all prints by women artists who also were known as sculptors,” she said.

Alison Saar’s “Inheritance” Click to view larger
Alison Saar’s “Inheritance” (Courtesy photo)

Featured artists include Dorothea Tanning (American, 1910-2012), Dorothy Dehner (American, 1901-94), Lee Bontecou (American, b. 1931), Louise Bourgeois (French, 1911-2010), Alison Saar (American, b. 1956), Louise Nevelson (American, 1899-1988), Nancy Graves (American, 1939-95), Kiki Smith (West German-born American, b. 1954), Jenchi Wu (Korean American), Jill Vanderhoof (American), Asta Gröting (German, b. 1961), Jessica Stockholder (Canadian American, b. 1959), Lynn Aldrich (American, b. 1944), Karen Karnes (American, b. 1925), Susan Tibbles (American) and Chakaia Booker (American, b. 1953).

“Generous friends to the museum have enabled us to add gifts and acquisitions to our permanent collection,” Larson said.

For more information, call the museum at 805.565.6162.

Scott Craig is the manager of media relations at Westmont College.

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