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Feminist Artist May Stevens, Who Voiced Opposition to War and Inequality in Her Work, Has Died at 95

December 12, 2019

May Stevens, Forming the Fifth International (1985). Courtesy of Ryan Lee Gallery, New York, ©May Stevens./art-world/artist-may-stevens-obituary-1729692

 

"To the women’s movement I would like to bring, as to art, the subtlest perceptions," Stevens once said.

 

The 95-year-old activist and artist May Stevens died on Monday in Santa Fe, New Mexico, after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for several years. A native of Quincy, Massachusetts, Stevens had lived in Santa Fe since 1996.

 

“Stevens will be remembered for her extraordinary art legacy,” read a statement from the artist’s gallery, New York’s Ryan Lee. “We also remember Stevens as a spirited and opinionated conversationalist, a prolific writer, and a devoted friend to those she held close.” 

 

Known for her monumental paintings, as well as her work in drawing, collage, and printmaking, Stevens was also an outspoken opponent of the Vietnam war and a supporter of the feminist and Civil Rights movements.

Stevens studied at the Massachusetts College of Art, the Académie Julian in Paris, and the Art Students League of New York. There, she was one of only a handful of living artists featured last month in “P