7 March 2017

Celebrating great women in art this International Women's Day

| Paul Costigan
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Here are a couple of things I hope you enjoy as we celebrate International Women’s Day 2017 tomorrow.

I would like to provide a brief number of offerings on how women have been making a name for themselves by creating great art and music.

At the top of this post is an image of one of two wonderful paintings now on exhibition at the NGA within their Versailles exhibition. These are show stoppers by a great artist, Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun. You will find them in the last room of the exhibition.

Here’s the other:

Antoinette-Elisabeth-Marie d'Aguesseau Commtesse de Segur

Another artist that has my attention is a Melbourne based ceramicist, Penny Byrne, who has taken on the complex issues of our day, being those around the human condition, refugees, women, the power of the USA, war and the church (and children).

Here’s two images from an exhibition just closing in Melbourne at the Linden New Art Gallery (St Kilda).

Women are also curating great exhibitions.

One to check out is the exhibition opening this week at Photoaccess.

Planetary Gardening is a group exhibition curated by Ashley Lumb and Laura McLean. It runs from 3-26 March 2017.

And now to some music:

There’s heaps of great music that women are making. Here’s a few links to online versions of just a few.

Rhiannon Giddens sings ‘Julie’ off her new 2017 album – Freedom Highway:

Lucinda Williams on NPR – performs ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’ and ‘Cold Day in Hell’ and others from her 2014 album, ‘Down where the spirit meets the bone’:

Mary Gauthier performs “Mercy Now” 2005:

Kelly Hogan performs ‘Haunted’, Plant White Roses and more

Neko Case – always strong and to the point sings “Man”:

Patti Smith performing the Rolling Stones song “Gimme Shelter” from the album Twelve Twelve is a fabulous album of cover songs performed by Patti Smith.

Enjoy and celebrate International Women’s Day 2017.

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