Honor Fraser presents its annual summer group show titled “Bitch Is The New Black” and curated by Emma Gray.
The group show spotlights fourteen Los Angeles-based women who are all
emerging or established artists from roughly the same generation and
are bright lights on the local scene. All share a certain maverick
outlook and ballsy attitude that distinguish them at a time when their
male counterparts continue to receive the lion’s share of the
A wide range of interdisciplinary work will be on display: painting,
sculpture, photography, video and performance. The works also display a
diverse range of attitudes toward female identity politics. Kirsten
Stoltman delivers straight from the hip, describing herself as a
‘self-destructive feminist’. Annie Lapin, who studied under another of
BITNB’s featured artists, Catherine Opie, could have her outlook
described as ‘post-feminist’. Cathy Akers pees standing up like a man
in her pee performances and uses the trope ‘hertopia' to describe her
dioramas. Rosson Crow often utilizes typically male bastions, like the
stock exchange, butcher shops or oil fields as her subject matter.
Other artists avoid the “f”-word altogether.
Thematically, the exhibition was inspired by the Anne Sexton poem
Consorting with Angels. The title of the exhibition, an incredibly glib
fashion term, was repurposed from a snippet of dialogue from Saturday
Night Live that was broadcast during the 2008 presidential election.
Tina Fey celebrates the idea of a woman president as a “bitch,”
reasoning that “bitches get stuff done.” A few episodes later her cast
mate Tracy Morgan rebutted Fey’s statement by saying: “Bitch may be the
new black. But black is the new president, bitch!” Most importantly,
the title asserts the artists’ shared independent streak. “Bitch Is The
New Black” isn’t re-envisioning a new collective feminist
consciousness; it is about celebrating talented artists in the city of
Los Angeles who happen to be women –- with attitude.
Artists: Cathy Akers, Kathryn Andrews, Rosson Crow, Krysten Cunningham,
Pearl C. Hsiung, Annie Lapin, Shana Lutker, Ruby Neri, Catherine Opie,
Amanda Ross-Ho, Anna Sew Hoy, Mindy Shapero, Kirsten Stoltmann, Bari
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