Watch the new video Shirley Gorelick: Painting and Personhood
Featuring interviews with Jessica Bell Brown (Baltimore Museum of Art), Susan Sterling (National Museum of Women in the Arts), Andrew Hottle (Rowan University) and David Ourlicht (one of the models featured in Gorelick’s paintings).
Shirley Gorelick: Family on view at Eric Firestone Gallery in NYC, June 23–July 29, 2022
Eric Firestone Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of work by Shirley Gorelick. On view will be paintings from the late 1960s through the early 1980s. Gorelick (1924-2000) was an American artist who worked in a realist mode, creating empathic, psychological portraiture, often on a large scale. This is the first major exhibition of Gorelick’s work in New York City since her lifetime. It will showcase Gorelick’s uniquely female lens, her attention to subjects not traditionally heroized in large-scale portraiture, and her relational viewpoint: showing families, couples, and siblings, and their larger place in society....Read more here,
BALTIMORE, MD.- The Baltimore Museum of Art announced today 33 new acquisitions made as part of its 2020 Vision initiative, which includes a commitment to only purchase works by female-identifying artists this calendar year. Among the highlights entering the collection are mixed-media sculpture and paintings by Theresa Chromati, Shirley Gorelick, Loïs Mailou Jones, Valerie Maynard, Betye Saar, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, and Kay WalkingStick; works on paper by Camille Billops, Margaret Burroughs, Lea Grundig, Joyce J. Scott, and Zarina; and photographs by Laura Aguilar, Zackary Drucker (with A.L. Steiner), Nona Faustine, Martha Rosler, and Ming Smith. The BMA has spent $2.57 million adding 65 works to the collection by 49 female-identifying artists, including 40 who had not previously been represented at the museum.
In addition to the recent purchases made as part of 2020 Vision, the BMA has received an extraordinary gift of 35 works on paper from Baltimore-based collectors Frances K. and George Alderson, as well as gifts of works by Somaya Critchlow, Jadé Fadojutimi, Jerrell Gibbs, Adda Husted-Andersen, Tracy Miller, Daido Moriyama, Cassi Namoda, Betty Parsons, Pablo Picasso, Lieko Shiga, Lilly Martin Spencer, Anicka Yi, and those by unidentified artists from China, Japan, Tanzania (Sandawe and Nyamwezi cultures), and the Chokwe and Pende cultures in Central Africa.
“The new 2020 Vision acquisitions represent the widest-ranging group of works to enter the BMA’s collection yet, with objects produced through a spectrum of techniques and approaches and by artists of deeply varied backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. As we continue to develop our collection, we remain focused on rectifying critical omissions of works by artists who are also women, Black, Indigenous, and persons of color from across the diaspora, within our own holdings and across art history more broadly,” said Christopher Bedford, BMA Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director. “I am also grateful for the many gifts of art that have been given and promised to the museum and the ways in which they too amplify our ability to share narratives across time, geography, and genre. We look forward to developing exhibitions around these new acquisitions and to engaging our many audiences with them.”