Atsuko Tanaka. Untitled. 1956. Watercolor and felt-tip pen on paper, 42 7/8 × 30 3/8″ (108.9 × 77.2 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchased with funds provided by the Edward John Noble Foundation, Frances Keech Fund, and Committee on Drawings Funds. © 2010 Ryoji Ito

This exhibition presents a dozen international artists whose abstract work features idiosyncratic, organic forms, materials that appear to be malleable and pliable, craft-based techniques, and, in many cases, an engagement with gender and sexuality. Drawn from the collection of The Museum of Modern Art, the installation features drawings, prints, books, and sculptures by artists including Louise Bourgeois, Gego, Mona Hatoum, Yayoi Kusama, Anna Maria Maiolino, and Zarina. New acquisitions on view for the first time include Louise Bourgeois’s drawing Femme Maison (1947), sculptures, prints, and drawings by Alina Szapocznikow, and drawings and prints by Atsuko Tanaka.

Organized by Alexandra Schwartz, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Drawings, and Sarah Suzuki, The Sue and Eugene Mercy, Jr. Assistant Curator of Prints and Illustrated Books.

This exhibition is presented in conjunction with MoMA’s publication of Modern Women: Women Artists at The Museum of Modern Art (June 2010), and is made possible by the Modern Women’s Fund.

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