Eighty eight years ago, the work of six legendary abstract artists — Pablo Picasso, Fernand Leger and Juan Gris, with Auguste Herbin, Raoul Dufy, and Jean Metzinger — went on view at London’s Mayor Gallery. The historic exhibit marked the opening of Fred Mayor’s legendary art haven, and, it being the 1920s, a time of substantial male domination in the fields of painting and sculpture.
Nearly a century later, Mayor Gallery is closing its doors on Cork Street with a fitting homage to its origins: a show, titled “The Nature of Women,” dedicated to six female abstract artists who’ve blown the doors of the abstract art world wide open since. Agnes Martin, the grandmother of color banding, leads the pack, along with fellow geometrically-inclined painters Anne Appleby, Marischa Burckhardt, Lisa Corinne Davis, Sylvia Heider, and Aurelie Nemours.
Agnes Martin, The Wedding