GWA Newsletter October '22 II
Artwork of the week: Louise Giovanelli, Prairie, 2022
I hope you are very well and enjoyed all the fun of London during Frieze.
Today we released an episode of the GWA podcast with one of the most esteemed young painters working today, Louise Giovanelli. Catch Giovanelli’s thought provoking words on painting and how it can contribute to a slowing down of looking in a world dominated by the fast-paced consumption of digital images. Listen here!
Our recent exhibition at Victoria Miro was mentioned in the New York Times by Scott Reyburn, when discussing, 25 years on, the legacy of 90s British art and the 1997 exhibition ‘Sensation’ at the Royal Academy.
It’s also been literary festival season! I spoke at Cheltenham with Jessie Burton, chaired a panel on ‘art in fiction’ with Chloë Ashby, Sophie Haydock and James Cahill, and explored triumphant women in history with Katie Pangonis. And last weekend I was at Cliveden Literary Festival on a panel with Nicholas Cullinan and Flora Yukhnovich, chaired by Yana Peel, which can be watched back here.
But this week we begin our South West Tour, heading to Falmouth Book Festival, The Arnolfini in Bristol, Toppings Bath and Yeovil Literary Festival, so come along if you can and I look forward to seeing you there!
Lots of love,
Here are your top 5s:
5 Shows in Britain
Caragh Thuring at Hastings Contemporary
Cecilia Vicuña in the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern
Rosemarie Mayer at Spike Island
Tai Shani at Gathering
The Turner Prize at Tate Liverpool, featuring Heather Phillipson, Ingrid Pollard, Sin Wai Kin and Veronica Ryan
5 Shows Overseas
Deana Lawson at The High Museum of Art, Atlanta
Frida Kahlo at the Palais Galliera, Paris
Issy Wood at Michael Werner, NYC
Joan Didion: What She Means at The Hammer Museum, LA
Just Above Midtown at MoMA, NYC
5 Artists Discovered
Charisse Pearlina Weston - Conceptual artist exploring the delicate condition of Black lived experience in America through her fragile glass sculptures and installations, sometimes shattered or sometimes reinforced by concrete.
Gillian Carnegie - English painter and nominee for the Turner prize in 2005, Carnegie paints quiet scenes of domestic casualness or fierce portraits of cold confrontation.
Ilona Keserü - Hungarian painter of rainbow-coloured graphic forms, Keserü’s trippy paintings and sculptures exude joy through their appeal to the child within us through bright colours and wavy shapes.
Ljiljana Blaževska - Capturing a fantastical world filled with mysterious, witchy gatherings, Blaževska’s paintings – made between the 1970s and 1990s – feel as if they relay an interior universe, populated entirely by developed characters who live in her mind.
Ruth Ige - Ige’s gentle portraits of unidentifiable figures are poised among countless swathes of blue, whisking the figures into an incredible watery realm, undoubtedly far from this world.
5 Things to Read
Interview with Somaya Critchlow by Alayo Akinkugbe for AnOther Magazine
Obituary for Grace Glueck, the fierce feminist arts writer for the New York Times by Joseph Giovannini in the New York Times
What Just Happened?! by Marina Hyde
How Witches Cast Their Spell in Art History by Sarah Rose Sharp for Hyperallergic
Conversation between Thelma Golden and Linda Goode Bryant on JAM at MoMA for MoMA Magazine
5 Things to Listen to
Black and Gay, Back in the Day Podcast
Amy Sillman on Dialogues: The David Zwirner Podcast
Maya Angelou on Desert Island Discs
Maggi Hambling on The Last Bohemians Podcast
Nobel Prize in Literature winner Annie Ernaux on the Shakespeare and Company Podcast
5 Things to Do
22 October, 3:30pm: Fiction at Its Most Novel with Ali Smith, Natasha Brown and Guy Gunaratne at the Southbank Centre
25 October, 7:30pm: Dear Dolly Live at the Barbican
27 October, 7pm: Book launch and conversation for A Time of One's Own: histories of feminism in contemporary art with Catherine Grant and Laura Guy at Goldsmiths CCA
27 October, 7pm: Katherine Angel on the Exhibition Moving Bodies, Moving Images at the Whitechapel Gallery
29 October, 3pm: Michael Handrick: On Stigma at QUEERCIRCLE
Finally! Please donate to this wonderful film project about Leonora Carrington titled ‘Inside the Cauldron’ by India Ayles and the wonderful team at the Derek Jarman Lab. The Kickstarter Link can be found here.
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