GWA Newsletter January '23 I
Happy New Year!
Dearest Great Women Art Lovers,
Happy New Year! I hope this letter finds you very well.
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OK. Back to it.
We closed 2022 with an episode of the GWA Podcast dedicated to Sister Corita Kent – the legendary nun-turned-pop-artist, activist and educator (check out her “rules” in the image up top), and began 2023 with a Guardian column dedicated to Ruth Asawa, in light of Rishi Sunak's belief that compulsory maths is the key to education.
Next week I’m at the Jaipur Literature Festival with Xavier Bray speaking about The Story of Art without Men (22 Jan), and interviewing Anna Della Subin on Accidental Gods: Men Unwittingly Turned Divine (23 Jan).
As always, here are your top 5.
PS. This might make you laugh. As always, thank you to Waterstones for your support!
5 Shows in the UK
Jadé Fadojutimi at Hepworth Wakefield (until 19 March)
Lucy McKenzie at Cabinet (until 21 January)
Magdalena Abakanowicz at Tate Modern (until 21 May)
Sussex Landscape: Chalk, Wood and Water featuring Eileen Agar, Vanessa Bell and Lee Miller at Pallant House (until 23 April)
Zadie Xa at Whitechapel (until 30 April)
5 Shows Overseas
5 Things to Watch
5 Things to Read
Between Ego and Libido: On the Work of Carolee Schneemann by Caitlín Doherty for the New Left Review
Burns Halperin Report, a study by Julia Haperin and Charlotte Burns revealing the true inequality in the art world. Read the report here.
Nikita Gale: In a Dream You Climb the Stairs by Zoé Whitley and Amy Jones
Nonconformers: A New History of Self-Taught Artists by Lisa Slominski
Rosa Bonheur's Animal Instinct by Bridget Quinn for Hyperallergic
5 Artists Discovered
Marilyn Stafford (1925-2023)
She captured Albert Einstein in 1948, and began her photography career from there. In the 60s she photographed the likes of Twiggy, and in the 70s Indira Gandhi, India’s only woman Prime Minister to date.
Ningiukulu Teevee (b.1963)
A Canadian Inuit writer and artist, Teevee began her career in the ‘90s making coloured pencil drawings that combined Inuit folklore with her imagination. In 2009 she published an autobiographical children’s book titled Alego.
Thérèse Schwartze (1851–1918)
An acclaimed 19th-century Dutch portrait painter of royalty. She was so successful she sold 1,000+ pieces, making her a millionaire in her lifetime. Read her biography Painting for a Living.
Samira Abbassy (b.1965)
Abassay is a painter, teacher and film-maker born in Iran who emigrated to Britain at the age of 2. Her work often includes a self-portrait that has been manipulated with multiple hidden faces or an unusual detail like three eyes.
Sara Flores (b.1950)
Based in Peru, Flores is part of the Shipibo-Conibo People, an Indigenous group in the Amazonian basin, and creates geometric textile pieces which expand on the traditional form of a Kené, a Shipibo term that can mean ‘design’.
5 Things to Do in London
12 January: Articulation Prize 2023 at Whitechapel Gallery
19 January: Tour of Kamala Ibrahim Ishag and Barbara Chase-Riboud at the Serpentine
21 January: Concrete Lates x Outlook Orchestra: Fabio & Grooverider at Southbank
25 January: Panel discussion on Women’s Journeys in the City and Beyond at the RA
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