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Miriam Schapiro Portrait

Miriam Schapiro Portrait

Miriam Schapiro

Born:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada 1923

Died:
Hampton Bays, New York 2015

Active in:

  • New York, New York

Photo Caption:
Miriam Schapiro, Untitled (portfolio cover), from the portfolio Delaunay, Goncharova, Popova and Me, 1992, screenprint on shaped custom made paper, Smithsonian American Art Museum,Gift of Ronald Abramson and Walter Fatzinger 1993.36.1.

Luce Artist Quote

“The main direction of an artist’s life . . . is to search out identity, to know who they are, where their center is. At least that’s my definition of a serious artist.” Miriam Schapiro, quoted in Nickell and Stanciu, “Creating Beauty: An Interview with Feminist Artist Miriam Schapiro,” Gadfly, September 1997


Luce Artist Biography

Miriam Schapiro earned her master of fine arts degree at the University of Iowa in 1949 and in 1952 moved to New York City with her husband, the artist Paul Brach. In Manhattan, Schapiro discovered that women artists were not taken seriously by the male-dominated abstract expressionist movement. Schapiro’s abstract paintings of the 1950s won her some recognition by museums and galleries, but she struggled for decades with her identities as a wife, mother, and professional painter. In the 1970s she collaborated with the artist Judy Chicago on Womanhouse, the mansion famously transformed by a women’s art cooperative into a gigantic installation of feminist art. Schapiro’s “femmages,” her assemblages of scraps of fabric, buttons, lace, and other “feminine” tokens, appear in major American museums. The artist has been awarded fellowships and grants from many institutions, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Ford Foundation.