Milan, 22 January 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA)
Milan’s Brand New Gallery has announced two exhibitions to take place between 23 January and 8 March 2014: “Shakti” and “Jackie Saccoccio. Portraits”.
Each exhibition focuses on the woman as artist. “Shakti” is a female collective which celebrates the role and identity of women in the history of art. In Hinduism, Shakti was the wife of Indra, the god of heaven. Her name has come to be an extension of the figure of the divine mother, the source of all power.
“Jackie Saccoccio. Portraits” is to show three monumental works by the American artist. Saccoccio’s abstract paintings aim to represent and create illusory depictions of the figure.
Women’s place in art history has been discussed since the early 1970s, when an essay entitled “Why have there been no great women artists?” by the feminist art historian Linda Nochlin appeared in Artforum. Excluding genetic factors, she explained that the place of women in art had been diminished by external causes: socio-cultural factors which excluded them from studios, training and exhibitions. Brand New Gallery aims to reignite the 40-year-long debate on the status of women in art history.