Art is a paradox. Revealing and concealing, it’s a means of escape, poetry, and memory, all collaborating to engender one’s reality. The realities of women in art then, would be dope to consider – luckily Italian curator Paola Ugolini has come through: a new exhibition exploring feminine identity opens at Richard Saltoun’s Dover Street gallery tomorrow.
In the spirit, loosely, of Galentine’s Day, Ugolini has tapped 13 internationally renowned women artists for the show – Women Look at Women – amongst them Helen Chadwick, Rose English, and Jo Spence. Stepping away from the timeworn concept of the male gaze, it observes the relationship women have with their own bodies, elsewhere exploring women’s responses to the physicality of other women.
Actress-turned-photographer, Elisabetta Catalano – whose black and white portraits have been dubbed the “genius of portraiture, masked as a beautiful woman” – is another name on the line-up, while Francesca Woodman, who created art using her body as both subject and object, will also be appear alongside Chadwick, English and Spence. Make it a date for fierce feminist inspiration.
Women Look at Women is at Richard Saltoun until 31 March.