Bruce Museum
Bruce Museum

On Exhibit September 24, 2016 to January 2, 2017

Only yesterday one was hard-pressed to name more thn a handful of successful women artists; now the list would be extensive, and the choices rich and varied. Although numerous recent exhibitions have featured women’s art, scant attention has been paid to the collecting of art created by women. In fact, private collections are in the process of being dramatically transformed. Greenwich and nearby communities in Fairfield and Westchester counties are home to a number of the finest contemporary collections, and thus to some of the most exciting art being made today. Her Crowd offers the rare opportunity to see what some of America’s most influential collectors of contemporary art consider beautiful, important, and compelling." Kenneth E. Silver Her Crowd
Kenneth Silver, Co-Curator of Her Crowd, Jenny Saville, The Mothers, 2011. Oil and charcoal on canvas, 106 5/16 x 86 5/8 in. Collection of Lisa and Steven Tananbaum © Jenny Saville. Courtesy of the artist and Gagosian Gallery.

Kenneth Silver, Co-Curator of Her Crowd, Jenny Saville, The Mothers, 2011. Oil and charcoal on canvas, 106 5/16 x 86 5/8 in. Collection of Lisa and Steven Tananbaum © Jenny Saville. Courtesy of the artist and Gagosian Gallery.

Greater Greenwich probably is home to the highest concentration of private collectors for a community its size in the country, possibly in the world. Over the years the Bruce Museum has benefited from the generosity of our neighbors who collectively have lent whole surveys of art in such shows as the “Pleasures of Collecting” series. It is a sign of how up-to-date our collectors are in refreshing their collections that almost all the works in this show were created since we began these group shows in 2002–3. It also is admirable that the theme of Her Crowd, namely, its concentration on the art of current women artists, was not preconceived but arose organically as Professor Kenneth E. Silver, our Adjunct Curator, and Mia Laufer, our Zvi Grunberg Resident Fellow for 2015–16, made the rounds of local collections. Finally, this show is testament to the connoisseurship and discriminating eyes of these collectors as they respond with such alacrity to recent developments in the art world, often in advance of institutional and curatorial tastes. There are recent works by well-established artists here (even an Old Master specialist such as myself recognizes the power of art by Yoyoi Kusama, Kiki Smith, and Jenny Saville), but there also are many emerging artists whose names and virtues are relatively unknown or just becoming familiar. So we are grateful to Ken and Mia and to our neighbors for this crash course in contemporary women’s art. And we welcome the show’s many insights, such as the recent reemergence of abstraction in painting. Best of all, however, the show attests to the infinite individuality and talents of the legions of contemporary women artists; surely the artists of Her Crowd have fully arrived. Peter C. Sutton The Susan E. Lynch Executive Director