Women Pop Artists Get Exposed At The Brooklyn Museum

Artist Marjorie Strider’s comically pornographic “Woman with Radish,” made in 1963, was an unusual contribution to Pop Art — it was a feminist one. She subverted the often ridiculously over-sexual, pinup-inspired graphics in commercial graphic art of this era by addressing such objectification in her own art. The eyelashes and radish (above) are sculpted out of wood and jump out of the painting, to further “tempt” viewers with their tactile lusciousness. Her point was kind of revolutionary at the time: How silly is it to sexualize women to this degree or to sexualize a radish, in order to sell an idea or a product? Strider, who is 76 years old today, is just one of 24 female pop artists finally getting her due, in Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists, 1958-1968 on view at the Brooklyn Museum of Art this winter (through Jan. 2011). Though only male names — Andy Warhol, of course, James Rosenquist, and Claes Oldenburg – are in the art history books for Pop Art, there were many women who, because of discrimination or societal expectations, were working on the edges or in the background of the movement. Though 40 years after the fact, it’s never too late to celebrate women who were once forgotten, am I right? [Brooklyn Museum of Art]