20th century, Arts

Georgia O’Keeffe at the Tate Modern

By Ellen Pasternack and Emily Oldham.   Many people think of Georgia O’Keeffe as ‘that artist who paints flowers to look like vulvas’. Judy Chicago and others pick out her 1923 ‘Grey Lines With Black, Blue and Yellow’ as particularly yonic, for example. So we were surprised to learn that not only was this resemblance… Continue reading Georgia O’Keeffe at the Tate Modern

Arts, Contemporary

Doris Salcedo’s Untitleds

By Emily Oldham. Picture a room: spacious, with blank-white walls, it seems the height of impersonality. From this coldness loom dozens of furniture pieces, every crevice suffused by cement, figures of unapologetically brutal beauty. Some contain embedded hair, bone and even clothing. The absence of a body becomes starkly physical; concrete seeps into every inch of… Continue reading Doris Salcedo’s Untitleds

Arts, Interviews

An Interview with Lalla Essaydi

By Sophie Dowle. Lalla Essaydi is an influential Moroccan-American artist, whose uncompromising portrayals of women have sent waves across the art world. Bold, brave and unafraid to make frank and honest statements regarding gender and the Middle East, Essaydi challenges the tropes of Orientalism head-on in her work. When I spoke to her, her passion… Continue reading An Interview with Lalla Essaydi

20th century, Arts

Silent Witnesses: The Art of Frauke Eigen and Jenny Stolzenberg

 by Hannah Lee Walk into the Imperial War Museum’s current exhibition on women war artists and you are greeted by the determined face of Ruby Loftus engaged in the expert task of screwing a breech ring. The portrait was painted in 1943, in the gun factory where she worked, by the war artist Laura Knight.… Continue reading Silent Witnesses: The Art of Frauke Eigen and Jenny Stolzenberg

19th century, Arts

Rossetti’s Other Woman: The silent contribution of models and muses

By Rebekah Lee.The concluding decades of the Nineteenth century marked a series of major developments for the growing political voice of English women. Events such as the female-led Campaign Against the Contagious Diseases Acts and the establishment of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage in 1897 provided ample evidence to suggest the emergence of a… Continue reading Rossetti’s Other Woman: The silent contribution of models and muses

20th century, Arts

‘A Shadow Figure of the Bauhaus’: Anni Albers and Textile Art

By Maria Paz Mendes Hodes Rising from the ashes of a defeated Germany, the Bauhaus, founded by Walter Gropius in Weimar in 1919, took a mere twelve years to create the aesthetic zeitgeist of the 20th century. Even today, as the aggressively fanciful shapes of postmodern architecture emerge as the look of the future, when… Continue reading ‘A Shadow Figure of the Bauhaus’: Anni Albers and Textile Art

20th century, Arts

Georgia O’Keeffe and Virginia Woolf

By Claire Thomas The closest that the American painter Georgia O'Keeffe and the English writer Virginia Woolf physically came was in the pages of the May 1925 volume of the modernist literary magazine, The Dial. Images of O'Keeffe's twin works, The Flagpole, preface Woolf's The Lives of the Obscure, an essay on the unexpected profundity… Continue reading Georgia O’Keeffe and Virginia Woolf

20th century, Arts

Gabriele Münter: The Yellow House and Boating

By Maria Villalonga Gabriele Münter’s role in the History of Art is no longer limited to her partnership with Wassily Kandinsky: she is now accepted as an artist in her own right. Das Gelbe Haus and Boating exemplify Münter’s contribution to Art, reflecting both her style and her most intimate concerns. The link between Münter’s… Continue reading Gabriele Münter: The Yellow House and Boating