Place, Space and Who is a new artwork by Barbara Walker, created over a four-month residency at Turner Contemporary. It explores identity and belonging, featuring sound and portraits of five women and girls from the African Diaspora living in Margate and Kent.
An exhibition of the work of Hungarian artist Dóra Maurer , which brings together some 35 works, revealing the diversity of her output, including graphic works, photographs, films and paintings. Spanning more than five decades, the show highlights the playful conceptual approach that she brings to her experiments across all media.
Fons Americanus is a 13-metre tall working fountain inspired by the Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace, London. Rather than a celebration of the British Empire, Kara Walker’s fountain explores the interconnected histories of Africa, America and Europe. She uses water as a key theme, referring to the transatlantic slave trade and the ambitions, fates and tragedies of people from these three continents. Fantasy, fact and fiction meet at an epic scale
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, United Kingdom
This exhibition in the NOW series highlights the work of Scottish artist Katie Paterson, considered to be a leading artist of her generation. Her works are the result of long periods of research and involve collaboration with specialists in scientific and other fields in order to translate complex ideas into physical, often poetic works of art.
This major retrospective highlights the abstract sculptures of Slovak artist Maria Bartuszová. The exhibition starts in the 1960s, when Bartuszová created her own experimental method of casting plaster by hand. Inspired by playing with her young daughter, she found she could create pure abstract forms by pouring plaster into rubber balloons. She would shape the sculpture by pushing or pulling, or submerging it into water, creating uniquely beautiful organic shapes. Some are reminiscent of rain drops, seeds or eggs. Some suggest…
A retrospective of the work of Helen Frankenthaler (1928–2011), one of the most significant American artists of the twentieth century. A key member of the second generation of abstract expressionist painters, she made a major contribution to the subsequent development of abstract painting with works acclaimed for their bold forms and colours.
The exhibition spans Judy Chicago's fifty-year career, from her early actions in the desert in the 1970s, to her most recent series, The End: A Meditation on Death and Extinction (2013–16), which has not been previously shown outside of the US. Judy Chicago explores her work from the perspective of the human condition, connecting birth and death with the emotional journeys experienced by the artist whilst highlighting Chicago’s ongoing concern with the devastating effects of climate change on the natural world.
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, United Kingdom
Paula Rego: Obedience and Defiance is an ambitious retrospective of the Portuguese artist’s work that brings politics to the fore. Spanning Rego’s career from the 1960s through to 2012, the works in this exhibition address António de Oliveira Salazar’s fascist regime, the 1997 referendum on legalising abortion in Portugal, the invasion of Iraq in 2003 by the United States and its allies and, from 2009, female genital mutilation – all of which resonate strongly with contemporary feminist and political issues.…
In Lubaina Himid's paintings you discover the intimate portrayal of women. Her characters are often presented in close pairs, quietly involved in interactions that the artist describes as both complex and ordinary. This display features Freedom and Change 1984, Himid’s earliest work to depict this subject, alongside more recent work. It traces the way her paintings have explored the intimacy of relationships between women and their longing to connect through dialogue. Even when no human forms are present in her work, Himid…
‘The Four Ages of Woman’ highlights a diversity of artistic observations on the lived experiences of women from childhood to old age, including but by no means restricted to experiences of mental distress. It includes work by artists who deserve to be better known – Marion Patrick, Elise Warriner Pacquette, Charlotte Johnson, Lisa Biles, Bibi Herrera, Stephanie Bates, Cynthia Pell among others – and who are determined to narrate their own stories.
Camden Arts Centre, 8 Arkwright Road London,NW3 6DGUnited Kingdom
Vivian Suter, lives beside the volcanic lake Atitlán, in Guatemala, and draws her inspiration from the lush plants, vibrant flowers, birds and constantly changing weather of this tropical habitat. Her mixed media abstract paintings evoke the living energy of the forest: large, unstretched canvases are swathed in colour, gestural brushstrokes and organic motifs.
Until the 20th C, many women spent most of their adult years pregnant, but pregnancies are seldom apparent in surviving portraits. Portraying Pregnancy brings together images of women – mainly British – who were depicted at a time when they were pregnant (whether visibly so or not). Through paintings, prints, photographs, objects and clothing from the 15th C to the present day, you can discover the different ways in which pregnancy was, or was not, represented. How shifting social attitudes impacted…
Illuminating the Self is an exhibition of new work by Susan Aldworth and Andrew Carnie in response to groundbreaking research led by Newcastle University into developing a new treatment for epilepsy. The exhibition, which includes further work at Vane Gallery, explores different aspects of the University's CANDO project (Controlling Abnormal Network Dynamics using Optogenetics). Optogenetics is a biological technique that involves the use of light to control cells in the brain that have been genetically modified to express light-sensitive ion channels.…
Penelope Haralambidou's project 'City of Ladies' studies 'The Book of the City of Ladies', 1405, by Italian/French medieval author Christine de Pizan (1364 – c.1430). The text is part of a compilation assembled for Queen Isabeau of Bavaria between 1410 – 1414 (Harley MS 4431) the largest surviving collected manuscript of her works and one of the foundation manuscripts at the British Library. 'City of Ladies' focuses on the under–researched significance of the architectural and urban allegory portrayed in Pizan's…
The End of the Sentence presents artist Judy Price’s research into the history of Holloway Women’s Prison. The exhibition reflects on the impact of the criminal justice system on women, and features new work by Price, other artists whom she invited and archival material.
‘Window’ is an exhibition by Isa Genzken featuring a new and unseen body of work. Genzken’s immersive environment expands on the themes of travel, through elements of an aircraft cabin, and the window as a juncture between interior and exterior spaces. In this respect, it reveals the artist’s interest in architecture and light. Genzken is considered to be one of Germany’s most important and influential contemporary artists, and her multifaceted practice encompasses sculpture, photography, found-object installation, film, drawing and painting.
In a brief but explosively inventive career, Alina Szapocznikow (1926 – 1973) radically re-conceptualised sculpture as a vehicle for exploring, liberating and declaring bodily experience. In the exhibtion, ‘To Exalt the Ephemeral: Alina reveals the full expressive potential of her work through the material innovations she made during the last decade of her life.
This selection of works demonstrates the genius in Marie Laurencin’s vision of a self-sufﬁcient world of female affection and creativity. This exhibition seeks to celebrate Laurencin’s qualities as a great modernist painter, her instrumental role in deﬁning the Art Deco style, and her inﬂuence on a generation of the Parisian intellectual elite.
Hannah Townsend’s sculptural vessels, merge the practices of ceramics and printmaking to reveal scrupulous order behind each expressive mark. In Marking Time, Hannah slip-casts beakers and bowls in white earthenware and creates large statement vessels using a hybrid casting-throwing technique that yields pleasingly irregular contours.
Inscriptions IV, is a screening of 'Inscriptions of an Immense Theatre' at the Whitechapel Gallery, curated by Gareth Evans. Dr. Sarah Hayden (Department of English, University of Southampton) will be in conversation with Ailbhe Ní Bhriain on Thursday 5 March 7–9pm.