Hannah Wilke Hannah Wilke, Reclaiming the Female Form in London

Blouin Art Info Sep 07, 2018

Hannah Wilke

S.O.S. Starification Object Series 1974-82.

Having made a name for its championing of women artists, Alison Jacques Gallery in London follows its two most recent exhibitions dedicated to solo presentations of Birgit Jurgenssen and Michelle Stuart, with a show of the late American artist Hannah Wilke(1940-1993), on view September 26-December 21. The past year has revealed in multiple painful ways the extent to which inequality — whether according to gender, race, class — still persists as a systemically entrenched presence across mindsets and institutions. The art industry is no different. While this should not provide the sole, or even primary, framework in which to now view exhibitions of women artists, Wilke’s sixth presentation at the gallery may be the first to take place at a moment when gender politics finds itself reinserted into a wider public agenda. A timely moment to revisit works by an artist who left behind a legacy as a pioneering, often controversial, feminist figure.


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