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FLOWER POWER at Garvey|Simon until April 28th

Flower Power, featuring works by six contemporary artists exploring flora in a wide range of media, is the first-ever show co-curated by Ellen Hackl Fagan, of ODETTA Gallery and Elizabeth Garvey, of Garvey|Simon.The two gallerists share a common aesthetic and the exhibition combines artists from their respective programs. Artists include: Christopher Adams, Jackie Battenfield, Daisy Craddock, Sally Gil, Mel Prest, and Sung Won Yun. 

Flowers, gently seductive in their ability to indelibly imprint upon us memories of first meetings, euphoria, and romance, inspire wonder. Flower Power explores both the materiality of flowers through different artistic media, and the entanglement of biological and emotional phenomena they represent. The six artists shown represent a variety of artistic practices, including ceramic, works on paper, and acrylic, and demonstrate the full spectrum from abstraction to realism. Each artist attends to the duality of their subject, offering up an array of technical innovations with which to capture the physicality of flora, and a diverse perspective on flora’s symbolic charge. Flower Power at once enhances and unravels the romance of its muse.

The Gallerists, both members of AWAD who had previously met at Art on Paper, were delighted to co-curate this exhibition. “We were able to connect and re-connect over time because of AWAD, which has been great. We realize that through community we stand a much better chance of growth and strength.”

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AWAD and the National Museum of Women in the Arts: Mayfair gallery tour

In collaboration with the UK Friends of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and to celebrate Women’s History Month, AWAD members were invited to attend a special evening visit to Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac and Richard Saltoun in London.

We started with a tour of the exhibition ‘Vice Versa’ by Sturtevant given by the curator Julia Peyton-Jones at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac. The exhibition is the first posthumous London showing of the artist and the most recent in the UK since 2013. Featuring her iconic paintings, photographs, installation, video and wallpaper, it showcases why Sturtevant is acknowledged as one of the most important artists of the 21st century. Curated by Peyton-Jones in dialogue with Sturtevant’s daughter, Loren Muzzey, the exhibition consisted of works from the Estate and private collections.

The evening concluded at the Richard Saltoun gallery to visit ‘Women Look At Women’, an exhibition which explores feminine identity through the work of thirteen internationally renowned female artists. The works reflect a different aspect of the relationship women have with their own bodies and how they respond to other women. It is an exciting exhibition for Richard Saltoun, as it is the first in their new gallery space on Dover Street.

Vice Versa‘ is on at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac until 4th April.

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AWAD at VOLTA NY 2018

AWAD collaborated with Accola Griefen Fine Art, whose co-founders Kat Griefen and Kristen Accola are Founding Members of our NYC Chapter, for an event at this year’s VOLTA NY art fair.

The tour for members started with a viewing of the Maria Hupfield piece on the VOLTA video wall, followed by a stop at the Nancy Margolis Gallery to see oil on panel pieces by still life and figurative painter Aubrey Levinthal. Kat and Kristen then provided a talk and Q&A with the artist Judy Pfaff at their gallery’s stand. The tour concluded at the Kopeikin Gallery, where Katrin Korfmann gave insight into her bird’s eye view photographic pieces.

In mind of the pervading under-representation of female artists, yet with so much talent, we invite you to research these artists and follow their activities online. Name recognition, in combination with spreading the word to others, is key to propel women into the spotlight. As the saying goes, knowledge is power.

Image courtesy David Willems Photography

AAF panel discussion 2018

AWAD at the Affordable Art Fair, Battersea

Several AWAD members returned to exhibit at the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea earlier this month. On the final day of the fair, the Association also represented female gallerists and artists by inviting Friend of AWAD, Michael Barnett, to moderate a panel discussion on ‘Painting Women Back into the Picture’ as part of the fair’s Sofa Sessions.

Michael, the STATE-F22 Editor at Large and Special Projects Lead at Art Bermondsey Project Space, and the panel talked about the important role that men have to play in gender equality, in line with the UN Women initiative HeForShe. They also shared their thoughts on women in the art world, and how the sector has changed to be more inclusive and accessible to women artists and art dealers.

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Sarah Lee exhibition at Leica Gallery Los Angeles

Diana Ewer, a member of the AWAD London Chapter, has organised a show of photographs by London based photographer Sarah Lee at Leica Gallery in Los Angeles.

In 2015, Lee was commissioned by BAFTA to officially document its awards ceremonies. With unprecedented access, she was briefed to photograph whatever she wanted, in order to capture the unique narrative of these events. Lee chose to shoot in digital black and white with the aim of finding intimate and emotional moments amidst the public and formal nature of BAFTA’s events. Whilst drawn to the glamour and echoes of ‘old Hollywood’, she has refined a sensibility and approach, which revels in the territory of the unguarded, playful and surreal.

Lee’s photographs have already been published in a number of publications, including The Guardian, TIME, Billboard, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone and Intelligent Life. She has also exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

The exhibition is available to view at Leica Gallery Los Angeles until 2nd April 2018.

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