Honoré Sharrer was a rebel. A prominent American artist in the years surrounding World War II, she refused to submit to the dominant political, social, and artistic conventions of Cold War-era America.
While her male contemporaries—including Jackson Pollock—monopolized the art world with their Abstract Expressionism, Sharrer “drew from from popular culture and mass media to invent a complex visual language equal parts wit, seduction, and bite,” says the Columbus Museum of Art.
A Dangerous Woman, the first major assessment of Sharrer’s works since the mid-century, will include around 45 paintings. Sharrer’s most famous piece, Tribute to the American Working People, will be on display. The painting is over 6 feet long and 3 feet high and took the artist five years to complete.
Among the paintings A Dangerous Woman will feature sketches, prints, photographs, and ephemera from Sharrer’s extensive archive.
Feb 10–May 21, Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E Broad St., Columbus, (614) 221-6801, columbusmuseum.org
Side Trip: Fox in the Snow Café
After all that culture, you’re going to need some sustenance. Check out Fox in the Snow Café, a 6-minute drive around the corner from the Columbus Museum of Art. Located in a renovated garage in the Little Italy district, Fox in the Snow Café serves up a wide selection of coffee drinks and above-average snacks like ham and Swiss tarts and brioche sugar doughnuts.
Fox in the Snow Café, 1031 N 4th St, Columbus, foxinthesnow.com