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mysterious sequined figure / club-woman / society hostess / culture vulture

(Added 22 November 2009)

According to Gazette reporter Virginia Nixon, the opening of the three-part exhibition, Artfemme ’75 at the Saidye Bronfman Centre, the Musée d’art Contemporain and Powerhouse Gallery, was graced by a big snowstorm and the spirit of notorious ‘bon vivant’ and Algonquin Round Table participant, Tallulah Bankhead.

‘Artfemme’ was there in person, the words emblazoned on her jet-black Edwardian gown. Her head was swathed in ostrich feathers and velvet, her face covered by a mask of iridescent sequins, the open mouth glowing crimson like a hummingbird’s throat. The eyes in two shapes and sizes looked out in a perpetual Tallulah Bankhead stare.

The idea behind the mysterious costumed figure had to do with woman as primal source of life, but as she appeared, Artfemme was different, more satirical…. Like all the clubwomen, society hostesses and culture vultures rolled into one.Women artists or women in the masks of men?, Virginia Nixon, The Gazette, April 12, 1975

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