6 March 2020
As part of Women’s History Month, we’re taking a look back at some of the female artists to have exhibited at Kettle’s Yard since we re-opened in February 2018.
Caroline Walker (1982) is a Scottish artist who currently lives and works in London. She creates large scale paintings and intimate drawings which focus on women within psychologically charged public spaces, such as hotels and beauty parlours.
In collaboration with Kettle’s Yard and the charity Women for Refugee Women, Walker met and photographed five women living in temporary accommodation, before making paintings of each in her studio. This series, titled Home, was displayed in our 2018 exhibition, ACTIONS. The image of the world can be different (part 2).
Anthea Hamilton (1978) is a British artist, born in London. She is renowned for her art-pop, culture-inspired sculptures and installations that incorporate references from the worlds of art, fashion, design and cinema.
Last year, Hamilton installed her own artworks and works by other artists in the House at Kettle’s Yard as part of Anthea Hamilton: Projects. This display was created in response to works and archive materials in the Kettle’s Yard collection.
Louise Bourgeois was born in Paris and lived and worked in New York from 1938. She is widely recognised as one of the most important figures of modern and contemporary art. Often biographical, Bourgeois’ work explores themes including childhood, family, motherhood and gender identity.
In March 2019 we were lucky enough to have a selection of Bourgeois’ work on display in ARTIST ROOMS Louise Bourgeois, drawing on the ARTIST ROOMS touring collection of over 1600 works of modern and contemporary art.
Born in Addis Ababa, Ethopia in 1970, and now resident in New York, Julie Mehretu is among the most highly regarded artists working today. She makes large-scale, gestural paintings that are built up through layers of acrylic paint on canvas overlaid with mark making using pencil, pen, ink and thick streams of paint.
At the same time as our Louise Bourgeois exhibition, Julie Mehretu Drawings and Monotypes took place at Kettle’s Yard. For the exhibition Mehretu made a new installation of richly layered drawings and monotypes, extending her exploration of the potential of drawing and mark making which are fundamental to her practice.
Jennifer Lee (1956) is a major presence to have emerged from studio ceramics of the 1970s. Lee’s hand-built unglazed stoneware pots are characterised by their smooth surfaces and rich colours.
In the summer of 2019, we were delighted to display Jennifer Lee’s first solo presentation of her work in a UK public institution since 1994. Jennifer Lee: the potter’s space was curated by Sarah Griffin and showcased 40 works made from different periods throughout Lee’s entire career as well as new pots which were made especially for the exhibition.
As well as the current exhibition of works by Linder all the exhibitions coming up this year will include work by women artists, ending with the solo exhibition of work by Sutapa Biswas. Find out more about our upcoming exhibitions in our blog post.