Whistler, Women and Fashion

Marking the centenary of the death of James McNeill Whistler (1834–1903), The Frick Collection will present Whistler, Women, and Fashion—the first in-depth exploration of the artist’s lifelong involvement in fashion as an essential aspect of his work.  The Frick Collection is the sole venue for the exhibition, which features eight magnificent full-length oil portraits of women by Whistler and sixty-three other works, including additional oils by the artist, a selection of his finest prints, drawings, pastel studies, costume designs, portrait etchings, and watercolors, as well as fashion plates and costumes of the period.  The exhibition is organized by Susan Grace Galassi, Curator at The Frick Collection, and Margaret F. MacDonald, Principal Research Fellow at the Centre for Whistler Studies at the University of Glasgow and a leading Whistler scholar.  The costume consultant for the exhibition is Aileen Ribeiro, a lecturer in the History of Dress Department and Professor in the History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art at the University of London.  Whistler, Women, and Fashion has been made possible through the generosity of The Henry Luce Foundation, The Samuel H. Kress Foundation, The Howard Phipps Foundation, The Helen Clay Frick Foundation, Melvin R. Seiden in honor of Susan Grace Galassi, The Ahmanson Foundation, Joseph Koerner, and Raymond and Margaret Horowitz, with additional support from the Fellows of The Frick Collection.  It is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities. 


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