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Woman Landing on Man in the Moon

Photo: Elizabeth Mann

Woman Landing on Man in the Moon


Ann Leda Shapiro

American, born 1947

With an irreverent humor, Shapiro takes on the facts of life - in 1971, gender prejudice was acutely felt by women from all backgrounds. Like other artists of her generation, Shapiro puts the body front and center. Her gender-bending drawings defy norms and conventions and question the existing limitations.
Watercolor on paper
20 x 14 in. (50.8 x 35.6 cm)
Gift of Matthew Offenbacher and Jennifer Nemhauser with funds from the 2013 Neddy Award in Painting
Provenance: The artist; purchased from the artist by Matthew Offenbacher, Seattle, March 2015
Photo: Elizabeth Mann
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistoryNew York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Ann Leda Shapiro: Recent Paintings, Nov. 9–Dec. 10, 1973. No catalogue.

Seattle, Seattle Art Museum, Rebel Rebel, Aug. 29,2015–July 4, 2016. No catalogue.

Published ReferencesGraves, Jen. "The Most Unusual Art Gift Ever." The Stranger, May 6, 2015: reproduced.

Morser, Juli-Goetz. “Formerly Censored Painting now belongs to SAM.” Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber, June 17, 2015.

Manitach, Amanda. “The Rebels Among Us.” City Arts, September 4, 2015.

Katherine Brooks and Priscilla Frank, “28 Art Shows You Need To See This Fall: From Boston to San Francisco and everything in between–Here are the art exhibitions you’ll be talking about this fall.” Huffington Post, September 28, 2015.

Demetre, Jim. “Rebel Rebel at SAM to Run through December 13.” Seattle Magazine, December 2015.

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