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Marjorie Strider
""Marjorie Strider.jpg
Marjorie Strider, photograph by "Fred W. McDarrah
Born Marjorie Virginia Strider
(1931-01-26)January 26, 1931
Guthrie, Oklahoma
Died August 27, 2014(2014-08-27) (aged 83)
Nationality American
Education Kansas City Art Institute, Oklahoma State University
Known for "Painting, "Sculpture, "Performance Art
Movement "Pop Art, "avant-garde
Spouse(s) "Michael Kirby
(m. 1960–1969)

Marjorie Virginia Strider (January 26, 1931 – August 27, 2014) was an "American "painter, "sculptor and "performance artist best known for her three-dimensional paintings and site-specific "soft sculpture installations.



Born in 1931 in "Guthrie, Oklahoma,[1] Strider studied art at the "Kansas City Art Institute before moving to "New York City in the early 1960s. Strider's three-dimensional paintings of beach girls with "built out" curves were prominently featured in the "Pace Gallery's 1964 "International Girlie Show" alongside other "pin-up"-inspired "Pop art by "Rosalyn Drexler, "Roy Lichtenstein, "Andy Warhol, and "Tom Wesselman. Her comically pornographic Woman with Radish was made into the banner image for the show, one of the first successful exhibitions of the then-new gallery.[2] Her bold figural work from this era aimed to subvert sexist images of women in popular culture by turning objectified female bodies into menacing forms that literally got "in your face." Strider had two subsequent solo exhibitions at the "Pace Gallery in 1965 and 1966 where she continued to show her voluminous paintings of bikini-clad girls as well as 3-D renderings of vegetables, fruits, flowers, clouds and other natural phenomena.[3]

Strider became a core member of the 1960s "avant-garde. She performed in "Happenings organized by "Allan Kaprow, "Claes Oldenburg and others. In 1969 she organized with "Hannah Weiner and "John Perreault the first Street Work, an informal public art event. Twenty artists participated including "Vito Acconci, Gregory Battcock and "Arakawa. Strider's contribution was thirty empty picture frames which she hung in random locations in "Midtown Manhattan in the hopes of getting pedestrians to look at their environment differently.[4] Strider married Michael Kirby, a contemporary artist and writer who published the first book on "Happenings in 1965.

Around this time Strider made chocolate casts of Patty Oldenburg's breasts for "Claes's birthday (a plaster version was later acquired by "Sol LeWitt).[5] Perhaps it was her intimate friendship with the Oldenburgs that led Strider to redirect her artistic focus from hard sculptural paintings to "soft sculpture in the 1970s. She made site-specific installations of unbridled "polyurethane foam that tumbled out of windows (Building Work 1976, "PS1) or oozed down a spiral staircase (Blue Sky 1976, "Clocktower Gallery).[6] At times her renegade pours incorporated domestic objects (brooms, groceries, teapots), while others remained totally amorphous.[7] These works are similar in style and intent to "Lynda Benglis' floor paintings and "soft sculptures of the same era.[8]

From 1982 to 1985, a retrospective of her work toured museums and universities across the "United States. Venues included: "SculptureCenter, New York; "Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, South Carolina; "Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska; Museum of Art, University of Arizona, Tucson; and the "McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas. In the 1990s, she began to make paintings with tactile surfaces that were more "Abstract Expressionist than "Pop. In 2009 she revisited her original girlie theme, painting new examples which she exhibited at the Bridge Gallery, New York.

Marjorie Strider died at her home in "Saugerties, New York, on August 27, 2014.[9]

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  1. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/07/arts/design/marjorie-strider-sly-pop-artist-is-dead-at-83.html?ref=obituaries
  2. ^ The original painting shows the woman with a bulbous radish between her parted, lipsticked lips, while the banner omitted the root in favor of an empty open mouth. See Sachs and Minioudaki (2010). See also John Canaday, "Art: From Clean Fun to Plain Smut. 'Girle Exhibit' Opens at Pace Gallery," New York Times Jan 7, 1964, p. 31.
  3. ^ K.L., "Marjorie Strider," ARTnews vol. 63 (January 1965), p. 11; E.C.B., "Marjorie Strider," ARTnews, vol. 64 (January 1966), pp. 16-17.
  4. ^ "Artists, 'Doing Thing' Do Streets," New York Times, March 17, 1969, p. 44.
  5. ^ Sachs and Minioudaki (2010); Dewey (2009).
  6. ^ Kuspit (1976)
  7. ^ Kuspit (1975)
  8. ^ See "Eight Artists Reply: Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?" ARTnews (January 1971), pp. 40-46. Marjorie Strider and Lynda Benglis are among the eight respondents; their work is illustrated together on p. 44.
  9. ^ http://www.artfixdaily.com/artwire/release/746-pioneering-female-pop-artist-marjorie-strider-passes-away

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