Pretty Raw takes the artist Helen Frankenthaler as a lens through which to refocus our vision of modernist art over the past 50 years. In this version, decoration, humor, femininity and masculinity, the everyday, pleasure, and authorial control take center stage. Artists from the 1950s through the present work in a range of mediums, finding personal, social and political meaning in sheer, gorgeous materiality.
Selected artists: Helen Frankenthaler, Grace Hartigan, Al Leslie, Dwight Ripley, Marie Menken, Larry Rivers, Jane Freilicher, Morris Louis, Jules Olitski, Sam Gilliam, Friedl Dzubas, Frank Bowling, Ralph Humphrey, Miriam Schapiro, Lynda Benglis, Faith Wilding, Harmony Hammond, Robin Mitchell, Judy Chicago, Robert Kushner, Mary Beth Edelson, Andy Warhol, Christopher Wool, Mike Kelley, Carroll Dunham, Wolfgang Tillmans, Polly Apfelbaum, Marilyn Minter, Kara Walker, Janine Antoni, Kathy Butterly, Mark Bradford, Jackie Saccoccio, Carrie Moyer, Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson, Laura Owens, Mary Weatherford, Sterling Ruby, Jacqueline Humphries, Mark Barrow and Sarah Parke, Ulrike Müller, Josh Faught. Curated by Curator-at-Large Katy Siegel.