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The female Abstract Expressionist painters featured in the 9th Street Exhibition of 1951 in New York City were living and creating during one of the most turbulent social and political periods of modern times. Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Lee Krasner, Helen Frankenthaler, and Joan Mitchell dared to enter the male-dominated world of twentieth-century abstract painting not as muses but as artists. These women not only shaped the art of postwar America, but the entire future of the artworld.
Years after this iconic exhibition, many artists work to renew the spirit of the abstract expressionist movement and build upon their legacy. In our current turbulent social and political time, artists like Marie Theres Berger, Mary Page Evans, Cheryl Levin, Melissa Meyer, and Bill Scott expand upon these well-known influences to create their own unique visual languages.