Katy Hessel@thegreatwomenartists

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Famed for her portraits of predominantly quietand allusive female sitters, Welsh-born Gwen John lived most of her artistic career in Paris ✨ After studying @sladeschool in the 1890s - the only art school in the United Kingdom that allowed female students - she ventured to Paris where she was not only taught under Whistler, but in 1904 became an artist's model (and later a lover) of Auguste Rodin. Previously often in the shadow of her younger brother Augustus John, Gwen has since gained worldwide recognition for her tranquil but intelligent muted-palette portraits of women, symbolising the quiet dialogue between the sitter and artist surpassing many portrait painters. Gwen John's "Self Portrait" (1904) is currently on view @tate St Ives 🌹#GwenJohn #WomenArtists


Celebrating Earth Day with Nancy Holt’s monumental Land Art work, “Sun Tunnels” (1973) ✨🌍✨ Set in the Utah’s Great Basin Desert, Sun Tunnels consists of four large concrete cylinders, arranged on the desert floor in a cross pattern, that perfectly align with the sunrise and sunset on the summer and winter solstices 🌞 Each of the cylinders is pierced with smaller holes representing the stars of four constellations: Draco, Perseus, Columba, and Capricorn 🌵 So hope to visit this place one day!!!! • #NancyHolt #WomenArtists


Just got introduced to the incredible, post-Oldenburg Surrealist sculptures of young Brooklyn-based artist, Genesis Belanger (@genesisbelanger) ✨👄✨ Often teaming unglazed but richly pigmented ceramics that play games with everyday objects from teeth to hotdogs, straws, vases, lamps or matte crumpled cigarettes that seem almost squishy in their pale, millennial palette 🌵 Belanger’s work reminds me of a cross between Alina Szapocznikow and Claes Oldenburg. Excited to see her work on view at London’s @sophiacontemporary next month. Thanks for the intro @karenrobinovitz ✌️#GenesisBelanger #WomenArtists


Also at 11:40am tomorrow curator Jason Andrew of @elizabethmurrayart will lead a Great Women Artist tour @victoriamirogallery, focussing on the life and work of the legendary artist at the all-female painting show, Surface Work ✨✌️ The abstract sensation, Murray, who established her name in the 1970s NYC art scene, was known for her bright and bold, unconventionally-shaped works that redefined painting drawing on Surrealism, Cubism and graffiti she witnessed in the city 🌵 In 1995 @themuseumofmodernart she curated 'Artist's Choice' an exhibition that included over 100 women artists - how cool - from Popova, Rockburne, Martin and Mitchell, who are alllll in Surface Work. I can't WAIT ! 11am: Dala Nasser (@daladalabillz). 11:40am Jason Andrew. Come to one, come to both? All free and no booking necessary! • #ElizabethMurray #WomenArtists


WOW ! So overwhelmed to have just heard the legendary and iconic Harlem-born artist and activist Faith Ringgold in conversation with her author daughter, Michele Wallace ✨🔥✨🔥✨ They just spent the last 90 mins discussing Faiths monumental six-decade career which dealt with subjects far beyond her time. Faith, who is now 88 (!!!!) is still practising and makes works in tapestry, on canvas, and more recently has designed an app! ;) Don’t miss her show @pippyhouldsworthgallery 🌻🌻#FaithRinggold #MicheleWallace


So excited that the very young and very cool Dala Nasser (@daladalabillz) will be leading this Saturday's Great Women Artist tour of Surface Work at Victoria Miro, Wharf Road ☀️☀️☀️ The Beirut-born and based and @sladeschool grad's political work ‘centres around questions of material and process, content and context; leading to works that evolve autonomously over time’. Nasser's work "It’s only a party if you sniff it…" (2016) uses a trauma blankets as a base for her work to highlight the aftermath of trauma with its reflective and fragile qualities ✨✨ COME DOWN - all free and no booking necessary...! Following the tour at 11.40am will also be a tour lead by the Elizabeth Murray Estate Curator, Jason Andrew. SEE YA THERE ! • #DalaNasser #WomenArtists


How cool is this! ✨ Headed down to London’s Southbank to see Njideka Akunyili Crosby’s work blown up for the Hayward Gallery’s billboard series ✌️✌️ The Nigerian-born, LA-based artist, who constructs heavily layered collages, is known for her works that blur memories from her post-colonial and Afropolitan childhood with her Western adult living in the US. On until the end of the year and free to see 😎#NjidekaAkunyiliCrosby #WomenArtists


Just sent out the April instalment of The Great Women Artists newsletter ✨📩✨ Featuring highlights from my recent trip to NYC to what you should be looking out for this month at London. Think Joan Jonas at @tate Modern, Anthea Hamilton and Lisa Brice at Tate Britain, Tacita Dean at @nationalportraitgallery, and of course Surface Work @victoriamirogallery – the all-female abstract painting show, where GWA has organised a series of free Saturday tours. I'd also recommend you head down to @zabludowicz_collection to see Lindsey Mendick and look out for @courtauld’s @eastwingbiennial, where I will be speaking on 10 May! Sign up for free at tinyletter.com/thegreatwomenartists to get your monthly dose of all things great women art! 📝#WomenArtists


I spoke to @sleekmag about my favourite women portraitists working today, who are switching up the genre forever in all their individual and brilliant ways ✨✨ Including Toyin Ojih Odutola (@toyinojihodutola), Kaye Donachie (@kayedonachie), Antonia Showering (@antoniashowering), Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Lubaina Himid (@lubainapics) 🌵 • Who are your favourite portrait artists working today? • See link in bio for full article • #WomenArtists


Final day to see this masterpiece by one of my favourite London-based painters Jessie Mackinson (@jessie_makinson) 🌞✨ Blown away by the intricately drawn classically-inspired faces to the larger licks of abstract gestures that have a modern Rococo palette (quite Jules de Balincourt, too!). Rich in subject and painterly style, I love how each section of the painting could be a whole work in itself (see up close shots along) 🌵 Finishes at 4pm today @aliceblackgallery, so anyone in the Soho area don’t miss this! • #JessieMackinson #WomenArtists


In London and up for a great art tour tomorrow morning?? 😇✨ Join me tomorrow at 11am at Victoria Miro Mayfair to hear the very cool LA-based painter Sarah Cain lead a short, informal tour of Surface Work, an exhibition celebrating women artists who have shaped abstract painting. This section of the exhibition includes Helen Frankenthaler, Lee Krasner, Alma Thomas, Paule Vézelay !!!! Can't WAIT ! All free and no booking necessary 🌵

Also very excited for Sarah's exhibition, Wild Flower, opening next Wednesday @timothytaylorgallery📸 Sarah Cain for @cultured_mag#SarahCain #WomenArtists


Another one of my favourite painters Antonia Showering (@antoniashowering) has just opened a show at the Charlton Gallery in Kings Cross ✨😇 Full of new and recent paintings in her signature fiery palette based on fraught images of memory and future, the @sladeschool MFA student is moving in to a more thick impasto-style with richer textures and lathers of paint. One to watch 👁️👁️ Opens tomorrow until 21 April ! • #AntoniaShowering #WomenArtists


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