The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Friday, July 3, 2015


Exhibition Focuses on Berlin's Weimar Era in Jeanne Mammen: City of Women
Jeanne Mammen (German, 1896-1976), Karneval (Carnival), c.1931. Watercolor and pencil on paper, 17 ¾ x 14 inches. Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Gift of Dr. Joseph H. Seipp, Baltimore , MD 1974.94
DES MOINES, IA.- The Des Moines Art Center opened an exhibition entitled Jeanne Mammen: City of Women, which runs through December 12, 2010 in the Blank One Gallery.

Working as a magazine illustrator in the years just before World War II, Jeanne Mammen captured a world of raucous nightclubs, smoky cafés, and vibrant street life in her stylized and often critical images. A sharp observer of urban life, Mammen was among the first generation of female artists to live independently, allowing her the chance to roam about 1920s and 30s Europe with a freedom only male artists had previously enjoyed. Unsurprisingly, her images often focus on other independent women, from haughty socialites and fashionable middle class shop girls to street singers and prostitutes. Featuring 13 watercolors from the Art Center’s permanent collection, these scenes present Mammen’s view of Berlin’s decadent Weimar era. Jeanne Mammen: City of Women is organized by Laura Burkhalter, associate curator.

Jeanne Mammen is one of the most impressive, unusual and versatile German female artists of the twentieth century. She is frequently mentioned in connection with Käthe Kollwitz and Hanna Höch, two artists who also showed a strong engagement in social emancipation, and whose most successful years also date to the Weimar era. When comparing Jeanne Mammen to other socially critical male artists of the time, like Otto Dix and George Grosz, a certain resemblance in the selected motifs can be noticed, but there is quite a difference in their vision and style of portrayal. In contrast to Dix and Grosz, Jeanne Mammen's pictorial statement regarding injustice and the ensuing deplorable social conditions is neither marked by harsh denouncement, nor does it convey pity, and her portrayal of the Bourgeois is without biting malice and condescension. She is the only artist of her time, who, by using her intuitive power and her penetrating eyes, succeeded in delivering precise and cunning portrayals capturing the characteristic physiognomic features, typical of people of all walks of life in the 1930s. She herself once said: "I have always wanted to be just a pair of eyes, walking through the world unseen, only to be able to see others. Unfortunately one was seen ...".

The central motif, subject of her human and artistic concern and empathy, were women of all classes in the metropolis. She depicted them in their socially conflicting roles, also drawing attention to their ambivalence. The spirit of these portrayals originates from her own deep innermost experiences, which she expressed in the finest nuances, something that becomes accessible only when, after having experienced the greatest possible distance, one reaches the greatest possible closeness (E. Roters).





Today's News

September 12, 2010

Comprehensive Nam June Paik Retrospective Opens at Museum Kunst Palast in Dusseldorf

Tate Announces First Major Retrospective of Joan Miró in Fifty Years

The Meadows Museum Presents El Greco's Monumental Painting, Pentecost

Duncan Miller Gallery Shows Both Sides of Ansel Adams Dispute

"Nueva York" Turns Lens South to New York Hispanic Roots

New Works by Jennifer Steinkamp at Lehmann Maupin

Tallest Free-Standing Bronze in London to Be Installed on Tuesday

Twenty Works on Canvas and Paper by Joan Mitchell at Manny Silverman Gallery

Faith Ringgold's Paintings of the 1960s are the Focus of an Exhibition

European Abstraction Post World War II Opens at Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

Retrospective Exhibition Marks the Centennial of Morris Graves' Birthday

A Year in the Painting Life of Joan Snyder at Cuningham Gallery

Hot Dogs, Lobbies, Football and Ouagadougou at PDNB Gallery

British Museum Gets $38 Million Gift

Le Mont Rouge: Large Contemporary Sculpture Installed at the University of Utah

Neuberger Museum of Art Presents 40-Year Survey of Pat Steir's Exploration of Drawing

Fine Chinese Paintings Autumn Sale 2010 Announced at Sotheby's

Sotheby's Hong Kong Announces Autumn Contemporary Asian Art Sale

Dusseldorf's Quadriennale 2010 Opens with Joseph Beuys Exhibition

Large-Scale Installation by Sol LeWitt at Gladstone Gallery in Brussels

Exhibition of Paintings and Works on Paper by Lari Pittman at Regen Projects

Artists Explore Otherworldly Depths of the Imagination in New Exhibition

Gasser Grunert Gallery Presents Tim Rodas "Games of Antiquities"

Contemporary Art Foundation Announces New Director of Development

Side by Side: Oberlin's Masterworks at the Phillips Collection

Exhibition Focuses on Berlin's Weimar Era in Jeanne Mammen: City of Women

Science, Religion and Politics: The Royal Society at the National Portrait Gallery

New Embroidery Paintings and Sculpture by Angelo Filomeno at Galerie Lelong

Works by David Kapp and Tom Burckhardt at Tibor de Nagy Gallery

New Works by Chinese Artist Liao Yibai at Mike Weiss Gallery

'Easy Riders' On Display in Massey Gallery Exhibition

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Exhibition presents French Impressionist's most important and provocative paintings

2.- Sotheby's auction achieves the second-highest total for any sale ever held in London

3.- High Museum of Art premieres major United States exhibition of Alex Katz landscapes

4.- China's Great Wall is disappearing due to adverse natural conditions and reckless human activities

5.- Van Gogh to Pollock: Exhibition at Milwaukee Art Museum presents art world rebels

6.- Confederate flag furor spreads to stained glass windows at Washington National Cathedral

7.- Christie's London Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale achieves $112,908,380

8.- First comprehensive show on the history, politics and culture of homosexuality_ies opens in Berlin

9.- Sotheby's to re-launch Irish Art sales in London; Sale includes important nude by William Orpen

10.- Centre Pompidou devotes a major exhibition to Palestinian artist Mona Hatoum's work



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez
Social Network Manager and Translator: Norma Cristina Pérez Ayala Cano
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site