Nasty Women

GAVLAK Los Angeles

October 31 – December 12, 2020

Moon Gold Cardboard I, 2013. Moon gold leaf, cardboard, on wood panel. 18 x 24 in.


GAVLAK Los Angeles is pleased to present Nasty Women, a sprawling group exhibition opening October 31, 2020 and on view until December 12, 2020. Situated amongst two separate historical moments, Nasty Women commemorates the one-hundredth anniversary of the 19th amendment’s ratification, guaranteeing women’s suffrage in the United States. Including works by Candida Alvarez, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Delia Brown, Karen Carson, Gisela Colón, Jenny Holzer, Ebony Patterson and Trulee Hall, the exhibition will also coincide with the 2020 presidential election and act as a defiant gesture of solidarity amongst LGBTQ+ and women artists who feel their rights may be under threat due to the loss of Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

As the exhibition title reclaims the infamous phrase once uttered by the current president in 2016, Nasty Women seeks to uplift communities underrepresented in contemporary art and American visual culture at large. By appropriating “nasty women” to be all-inclusive, the exhibition celebrates, recognizes and gives a platform to a diverse array of perspectives and female voices throughout art history. The exhibited works will span from the Italian Renaissance to our current moment, drawing parallels between past and present narratives while disrupting the art historical canon.