About the project
Women of Modernism Aging: Different and Older (The Modernism Project) is a series of paintings documenting the women artists, writers, poets, performers, and art patrons of all types who helped shape early twentieth century Modernism. Although the numerous isms of this period are primarily identified with men, women were a vital, often overlooked, force of the early twentieth century avant-garde. The portraits depict these women in old age, as many lived long, productive lives, with a number of them continuing well into the latter part of the century. My interest is examining the work they created well beyond the mid-twentieth century. To date there are almost 40 paintings, and the project continues.
Kim Rae Taylor is a visual artist based in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she is Associate Professor at the University of Cincinnati Clermont College. She received her MFA from the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) from the University of Cincinnati and BFA from the College of Fine Arts of The University
of Texas at Austin. Additional studies include the University of Georgia in Cortona, Italy, and the Metáfora
Center for Art Therapy Studies in Barcelona, Spain. She has been an artist in residence at Taipei Artist
Village, Taiwan, the Red Gate Residency, Beijing, and the Cill Rialaig Project, County Kerry, Ireland.
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As an artist, educator and feminist, my scholarly research looks to fill in the many gaps within the canon of Western art history where women are underrepresented or entirely omitted. The primary function of the project is educational, a way to open dialogue about the unique cultural contributions of these women and recognize the value of the work they created beyond the scope of the modernist era. Obviously the events and socio-political climate of this period had a profound impact on their lives and the work they created in a deeply racist, anti-Semitic, misogynistic, homophobic, and xenophobic culture. I'm interested in how their drive to create allowed so many women who emerged during this pivotal period in the arts to persevere well into old age.