Female artists under London Art Week spotlight
This month, London Art Week (LAW) uses the digital platform it launched over the summer to run Art History in Focus. The event combines online discourse with exhibitions and objects on offer in galleries (and on gallery websites), putting the spotlight on two major themes: women artists and framing.
Philip Mould & Company offers one of the major tributes to female artists with its exhibition Pioneers: 500 Years of Women in British Art.
It offers an assortment of miniatures and portraits, from a c.1550 portrait of King Edward VI attributed to Tudor artistLevina Teerlinc (1510-76) to a c.1952 self-portrait by Vanessa Bell (1879-1961).
"You now have a lot of museums and private collectors who are looking to fill gaps represented by female artists. They are improving representation which means there is more demand and greater attention to works by female artists than there was before," gallery director Lawrence Hendra tells ATG.
Other female artists featured this month are French sculptor Félicie de Faveau (1799-1886), whose works are on offer from Stuart Lochhead and Didier Aaron, and 20th century artist Prunella Clough (1919-99), many of whose paintings are available from Osborne Samuel.
Coinciding with the major Artemisia Gentileschi exhibition at London’s National Gallery, Art History in Focus brings together 50 galleries from the UK, USA and Europe. They offer articles and essays for LAW Digital, as well as talks from art historians, museum curators and expert dealers.
Pioneers: 500 Years of Women in British Art explores the history of female artists in Britain who defied the status-quo. This multidisciplinary exhibition progresses from 16th century portraitists, to painters working at the forefront of the British avant-garde in the 20th century.
This active and constantly developing area of art history, which examines the historical significance of female artists, garners continual debate. We hope to contribute to this rich and evolving art historical discussion. The artists exhibited are individuals who we have researched over the last thirty years as art dealers but have never before displayed chronologically. This exhibition explores and re-presents 500 years of pioneering female artists who have been central to the development of British Art.