Miriam Schapiro (American, born in Canada, born 1923),
Vestiture: Paris Series #2
acrylic and fabric on canvas, 60 x 50 1/4 in.; 152.4 x 127.635 cm
Gift of Barbara Gladstone, 1984.53
Miriam Schapiro is a pioneer in feminist art. Schapiro began painting in the Abstract Expressionist style but later developed her own experimental, innovative style hwich she called "femmage" (female laborer's hand-sewn work melded with high-art collage). Credited with establishing the Pattern and Decoration movement, Schapiro's work, as in the case of Joslyn's piece, often combines fabric and paint on canvas.