Louise Bourgeois’s Untitled (The Wedges), 1950. Courtesy of Christopher Burke/The Easton Foundation.
Louise Bourgeois’s Untitled (The Wedges), 1950. Courtesy of Christopher Burke/The Easton Foundation.

Back when male action painters like Jackson Pollock, and their heirs, including Karla Black, who sculpts with cosmetics, and Shinique Smith, who’s making a huge braid knotted with balloons, fashion accessories, and plush toys. Of course, the craft elements that originally marginalized many women are commonly used by artists today. Women, says co-curator Jenni Sorkin, “have been at the helm all along.”

Ruth Asawa’s Group of Architectural Works, 1955–1965. Courtesy of JKA Photography/San Jose Museum of Art/Estate of Ruth Asawa.