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In collaboration between Berry Campbell and Frampton Co, the exhibition "Women Choose Women" commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the groundbreaking Women Curated Exhibition of Women Artists. Running from August 5 to September 9, 2023, at The Barn in Bridgehampton, this exhibition showcases works by a diverse array of women artists spanning from the 1950s to today.

Featuring art and design works by prominent figures such as Lynne Drexler, Elaine de Kooning, Nanette Carter, Elizabeth Osborne, Ethel Schwabacher, Yvonne Pickering Carter, Lillian Thomas Burwell, Susan Vecsey, Ann Purcell, Perle Fine, Mary Dill Henry, Jill Nathanson, Charlotte Park, and Yvonne Thomas, the exhibition encompasses a diverse range of mediums and styles.

Driven by a shared passion for uplifting women in the realms of art and design, this exhibition is meticulously curated by Christine Berry and Martha Campbell, co-founders of Berry Campbell Gallery, and Elena Frampton, the principal of Frampton Co. Berry Campbell Gallery is celebrated for its dedication to recontextualizing artists who were historically marginalized due to age, race, gender, or geographical factors, particularly focusing on the women of the Abstract Expressionism movement. On the other hand, Frampton Co places emphasis on contemporary art and design, concentrating on fostering emerging and undiscovered mid-career talents.

Christine Berry emphasizes, "It is our aim to ensure women artists receive more than occasional exposure, and that their work is placed firmly beside their male counterparts. Having this exhibition in the Hamptons, a historically important artist community, allows us a unique opportunity to share our larger curatorial mission by introducing women artists who are deserving of more attention."

The exhibition title and theme, "Women Choose Women," draw inspiration from the pioneering 1973 Women Artists Exhibition hosted at the New York Cultural Center. In the spirit of its predecessor, the 2023 exhibition operates with a purposeful and collaborative ethos, underlining the continued significance of advocating for and by women in the arts. With compelling statistics highlighting persisting gender disparities in the art world, such as the recent Women Artists Market Report by Artsy, the exhibition echoes the ongoing necessity for gender parity in the creative sphere.

Elena Frampton elaborated, "Much progress has been made since 1973, however there is still necessary work to be done to advance women in the arts. Not just through conscious and deliberate curation, but also in the spirit that is brought to the process - one of inclusivity, partnership, and sensitivity."

The exhibition presents a captivating array of artistic mediums, including painting, works on paper, sculpture, lighting, and furniture. Notable highlights encompass the unveiling of Ethel Schwabacher’s "Wild Honey," making its public appearance after 36 years, as well as a rare work on paper by Elaine de Kooning. Additionally, the collaboration with Friedman Benda introduces contemporary sculpture and furniture, featuring self-taught artist Carmen D’Apolllonio's ceramic lighting and sculpture, and emerging designer Barbora Žilinskaitė's anthropomorphic stools.


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