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Hugette was a Lebanese artist who was known for abstract paintings that evoke feminine curves, slits, and intimate moments. Her work, while using minimal lines and colors, is sensual, whimsical, exuberant, and free.
Why I like her work
She was unconventional both in her work and life. Her work celebrates sensuality, sexuality, and beauty. In life, she left her family and moved to Paris to live a bohemian life and focus on her art practice.
Huguette Caland, Flirt II, 1972. (TATE)
Huguette Caland, Bribes de Corps, 1973.
Her bold abstract works are still striking to see, more than 100 years after she started painting them. Once you learn that she created them years before Kandinsky and other contemporaries, keeping them hidden for two decades after her death for fear that the world could not yet understand them, they become truly astonishing, prescient masterpieces.
Munkhtsetseg Jalkhaajav (Mugi) is a Mongolian contemporary artist. Mugi’s artistic practice incorporates sculptures, paintings, videos, and performances and explores the notion of pain, fear, healing, and rebirth. Inspired by Mongolian traditional healing methods and spiritual therapy, the process of her artistic creation is deeply intuitive and ritual-like. Through embodiments of the subject matter that evoke strong sentiments and juxtapositions of symbolic elements used for healing and protection, she meditatively examines the nature of her own anxiety and the process of its healing.
As someone who is going through her own healing journey, it feels good to see the process of Mugi's healing through her art. I think it makes me feel less alone and hopeful.
Emma Amos (1937-2020) was a postmodern activist, artist, and educator. Throughout her expansive career, Amos explored the intersections of race, gender, and identity in America and challenged the racism and sexism that is omnipresent in the art world. In some of her more well-known works created in the 1990s, Amos examines figures within the Western canon such as Pablo Picasso, Lucien Freud, and Paul Gauguin through self-portraiture.