Women in Print


The Susan Sheehan Gallery in Chelsea specializes in prints. The recent Women in Print show was focused on the work of well-known women painters, and some sculptors, who are also known for their prints. The bad news: The show is over and the gallery website doesn't have a visual record of it. The good news: I do, and I have some installation images to share with you.
Let's peek in:

A view into the gallery
Three counterclockwise from right: Polly Apfelbaum, Lover's Leap, 2007, multicolor woodblock print (edition of 35: $15,000); Kate Shepherd, Imagined Evening Day, Blue Brick Stage, 2004, silkscreen (edition of 45: $2300); Karen Davie, Indivisibles #1, 2007, inkjet pigment print (edition of 35: $3900)
Note: I'm including the prices because I think it's interesting to see how they range among artists, and in relation to the edition number.

Continuing down the long wall
Mary Heilman, top: All Night Movie, 1991, etching on handmade paper (edition of 30: $1850) and Mint Print, 1998, etching (edition of 40: $3600); Susan McClelland, Mr. Man, 2001, intaglio in two colors (edition of 23: $2950); Joanne Greenbaum, Twizzler, 2008, etching and aquatint (edition of 12: $3150)

Pat Steir, Silver Waterfall, five-color screenprint, and Wolf Waterfall, two-color screenprint, both 2001 (each, edition of 35: $5800)
Agnes Martin, On a Clear Day, 1973, portfolio of 30 screenprints (edition of 50 + proofs: $165,000)

In the second gallery
Louise Bourgeois, Autobiographical Series, 1994, portfolio of 14 etchings with aquatint and drypoint (edition of 35+ 10 APs: $50,000)

Back in the first gallery, swinging around to the left wall

Counterclockwise: Elizabeth Murray, Shoe String, 1993, three-dimensional lithograph (edition of 70+proofs: $10,000); Lee Bontecou,Untitled, 1967, etching (edition of 144+proofs: $4500); two by Joan Mitchell, top: Untitled (Purple, Gray, Black, White), 1959 and Untitled (Black, Crimson), 1959-60, both color silkscreen (each edition of two printers proofs: $3500); Helen Frankenthaler, East and Beyond, 1973, woodcut (edition of 18: $75,000). Additionally, but difficult to see: Lee Krasner and Grace Hartigan


By the way, don't even think of asking "Where are the men's art shows." I have no intention of getting pulled into that discussion, though I realize that unrepresented males probably feel similarly disenfranchised (until they get their gallery). Suffice it to say that here in the 21st Century, the artist pyramid which starts in art school with more female students ends in the New York galleries with far more men being shows and represented. Actually, in the galleries, it's more like a ziggurat. The real pyramid is in the museums.

Go, women!



M.M.E. said...

Wow, that sounds like an awesome exhibition. Wish I was closer to it! I'm taking my last semester of printmaking in the fall.

leigh wt said...

You do such a service.
Thank you.
leigh wt

Anonymous said...

I'm a male artist, but even I am offended by how under represented many great female artists are. I think anyone that would criticize you for posting this article and pointing out an obvious art world offense is obviously being ridiculous. We need to see and support more shows like this because there are too many shows of significantly less value getting more attention.
Keep standing up for the work you beleive in, that's whatwe all love about your site!

Nivedita said...

Lovely post Joanne.
More power to the women :))


Ps: Stop by my blog'll be a pleasure :))

Rob said...


Thanks for posting this, it looks like it was a great show and I would never have known about it otherwise. Just wondering if you have a closeup of any of those Agnes Martin prints. Her work is real subtle and I can't really see anything from a distance. I've heard so much about her work and haven't ever seen it in person - so just hoping for a little more knowledge. If you do, and don't might emailing it (or posting it?), my address is Thanks either way. Great job.

Joanne Mattera said...


I don't have closeups of the Agnes Martin prints. The framing glass made them impossible to shoot. But Martin's work is many museum collections--the Whitney, for instance, and Dia Beacon. I'm sure there are many others.

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