Flux is the second exhibition in the three-part series The Body in Women’s Art Now, curated by Philippa Found, Gallery Director of ROLLO Contemporary Art.
The Body in Women’s Art Now exhibition series looks exclusively at artworks created by women artists since 2000, in which the body is central. Each exhibition focuses on a different theme surrounding the use and representation of the body in women’s art today, to explore the issues emerging in body-based art of the last decade. Over the series, the exhibitions present a new generation of women artists using the body in art.
The exhibitions will travel between ROLLO Contemporary Art, London and the New Hall Art Collection, Cambridge – a public exhibition space within the University of Cambridge, and home to the largest collection of work by women artists in Europe.
The Body in Women’s Art Now: Part 2 – Flux investigates artworks that present the body as a site of instability and flux, and includes works by Tracey Emin, Cecily Brown, Nathalie Djurberg, Tiina Heiska, Sarah Lederman and Helen Carmel Benigson (Princess Belsize Dollar). The exhibition brings together up and coming artists alongside established artists, working in a range of media, from abstract painting and multi-layered video works, to sculptural works. Examining the focus on the body of the adolescent in art, transgressive and rebellious bodies, and the uncontrollable and sexual nature of the female body, the exhibited artworks reinterpret and disrupt traditional representations of the female body, to present a contemporary body of flux, freedom and sexuality. The exhibition investigates how the body in flux becomes a vehicle to explore the complexities of contemporary feminine identity, to celebrate female sexuality, and at times explore the darker side of human morality.
The Body in Women’s Art Now series forms part of the current climate of exhibitions aiming to review contemporary art from the perspective of women artists – such as elles@centrepompidou at Pompidou Centre, Paris, WACK at MOCA, Los Angeles, and Global Feminisms at Brooklyn Museum, New York – and aims to give significant women artists greater visibility in the United Kingdom.
1. Tracey Emin, Suffer Love XI, 2009, Mono-print on paper, 21 x 29.6 cm
© the Artist, Photo: Stephen White, Image © Tracey Emin. All rights reserved, DACS 2010
Courtesy the Artist and White Cube
2. Cecily Brown, New Louboutin Pumps, 2005, Oil on linen, 206 cm x 205 cm
©Cecily Brown. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery. Photo by Rob McKeever