In Honor of the Women’s March

All About the Women’s March, Portraits & Solidarity

“Take what you want and leave the rest.” Wise words that hit home for me during times of confusion and unease, when soul-searching and questioning are pretty much all I seem to do. The Women’s March on Washington (and beyond!) on January 21, 2017 is, for many of us, not about one thing but many things.

Women portraits--artwork by Kehinde Wiley.
Kehinde Wiley — Mary Little, Later Lady Carr

For me it is about solidarity, about empowerment, about simply putting one foot in front of the other because I can’t seem to mark progress any other way. And I welcome and celebrate that the march means different things for you–that we can all take what we want from the experience (or not) and leave the rest.

On behalf of all the individuals who participate, we’ve created a slideshow of women’s portraits that have one thing in common: their unrelenting gazes are focused outward to meet our own viewing of them head on. In my mind, the eyes of these women are a support and a goad, a responsibility and a cherished presence.

But their stillness in paint, locked into the surface of their canvas? That reinforces our crucial difference–that we are able to do the walking for them. Every person in the Women’s March is doing the same: walking for themselves, walking for each other, and walking for all those who are not marching but whom we count among us. Onward!

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Women’s March Slideshow — Details

Womens portraits: Amedeo Modigliani -- Girl with Braids
Amedeo Modigliani — Girl with Braids

Works by:

Kehinde Wiley, Suzy Smith, Samantha Wall, Brian Viveros, Vincent Van Gogh, Wangechi Mutu, Rebecca Campbell, Hayv Kahraman, Melanie Vote, Kerry James Marshall, Natalie Frank, Erin Cone, Robin Smith, Daniela Montanari, Mikela Henry-Lowe, Gaela Erwin, Amy Sherald, Mary Whyte, Gina Magid, Zhang Jingying, Annalisa Avancini, Annemarie Busschers, Cindy Wright, Emilia Web, Gabi Hamm, Isobel Peachey, Jennifer Nehrbass, June Glasson, Catherine Prescott, Caroline Westerhout, Beverly McIver, Lea Colie Wight, David Kassan, Amrita Sher-Gil, Mabel Alvarez, George Spencer Watson, Maryam Foroozanfar, Shauna Born, Liz Adams-Jones, Felice House, Mary Beth McKenzie, Vania Comoretti, Ruth Murray, Sylvia Maier, Sharon Sprung, Rebecca Campbell, Jennifer Balkan, Firelei Baez, Anne Harris, Daniela Rosenhouse, Aliza Nisenbaum, Jules-Claude Ziegler, Anna Bjerger, Ellen Eagle, Gertrude Fiske, Louise C. Fenne, Grace Cossington Smith, Terry Strickland, Alejandra Hernandez, Jesse Mockrin, Denise Monaghan, Felicia Forte, and Victoria Russell.

Quotations we are inspired by:

“We are each other’s business; we are each other’s harvest; we are each other’s magnitude and bond.” —Gwendolyn Brooks

“There is no need for arms, physical violence, material constraints. Just a gaze…” —Michel Foucault

 

Women’s March Resources

A Guide to the Event — The Guardian

Women’s March on Washington — Facebook page

 

Women’s Portraiture Resources

Celebrating Beauty and Color: Mikela Henry-Lowe

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Redefining the portrait to reflect everyday people rather than the portrait-as-status-symbol-of-wealth movement >>> Acrylic Artist, Winter 2016

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About Courtney Jordan

  Courtney is the editor of Artist Daily. For her, art is one of life’s essentials and a career mainstay. She’s pursued academic studies of the Old Masters of Spain and Italy as well as museum curatorial experience, writing and reporting on arts and culture as a magazine staffer, and acquiring and editing architecture and cultural history books. She hopes to recommit herself to more studio time, too, working in mixed media.   

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