The exhibition making the case for art without men

Published October 25, 2023


The New York Times interviewed Libby Otto about “Marie Laurecin: Sapphic Paris,” a new exhibition of French painter Marie Laurecin’s that opened in Philadelphia. This exhibition is the first major solo Laurencin exhibition in the United States in three decades, and the first exhibition of her work to highlight the obvious: Laurencin’s art is unavoidably queer, and noticeably lacking in men. “Marie Laurencin is of the ‘lipstick lesbian’ variety: She constructs this very soft, feminine world that really spoke to viewers at the time,” said Otto. “And if you realize that, in her soft way, she’s constructing a world without men, of female harmony, there’s something pretty revolutionary in there as well.”

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