CON­TRIB­U­TORS Five fab­u­lous fe­male art-world lead­ers

Harper's Bazaar (UK) - - Contents -

VIC­TO­RIA SID­DALL

On page 18, the direc­tor of Frieze in­tro­duces us to the most com­pelling fe­male-fo­cused ex­hibits at the fair this year. Sid­dall has worked at Frieze since 2004 and launched Frieze Masters in 2012 as well as Frieze Sculp­ture, which de­buted in Re­gent’s Park last year.

A colour that in­spires you ‘The green of Lon­don’s parks. They re­mind me of how lucky we are to have these beau­ti­fully de­signed, open spa­ces in the heart of the city.’

An artist you would like to meet ‘Frida Kahlo.

She made ex­tra­or­di­nary work and was also so sin­gu­lar and stylish.’

Fe­male artists we should know about ‘Kap­wani Ki­wanga was the re­cip­i­ent of the in­au­gu­ral Frieze Artist Award in New York this year – I’m ex­cited to see what she does next.’

MA­RINA ABRAMOVIC

For the past 40 years, the cel­e­brated per­for­mance artist (who is in­ter­viewed on page 14) has pro­voked and en­thralled her ad­mir­ers, cut­ting a com­mu­nist star into her stom­ach, ly­ing on a block of ice and fac­ing a loaded gun in the name of art. In 2020 she will be­come the first woman to take over the Royal Academy’s

Main Gal­leries.

Art is… ‘mirac­u­lous, sur­pris­ing, trans­for­ma­tive. We need it ev­ery day like the air we breathe.’

A colour that in­spires you ‘All kinds of blue: cos­mic blue, sea blue, Yves Klein blue.’

An artist you would like to meet ‘David Lynch. He rev­o­lu­tionises the way we per­ceive film to­day.’

Fe­male artists we should know about ‘The mul­ti­me­dia artist

Ana Pr­vacki. She has a strong iden­tity.’

MARIA BAL­SHAW

In her pre­vi­ous role as the direc­tor of the Whit­worth and Manch­ester City Gal­leries, Bal­shaw worked closely with last year’s Turner Prize win­ner Lubaina Himid, whom she de­scribes as ‘a friend as well as an in­spi­ra­tion’ in our port­fo­lio on page 54. Bal­shaw be­came the first fe­male direc­tor of Tate in 2017.

Art is…‘the mak­ing vis­i­ble of an idea or a di­ver­gent view on the world.’

A colour that in­spires you ‘The burnt or­ange of the Rud­beckia flow­ers in my gar­den.’

An artist you would like to meet ‘I re­gret that I never got to meet

Lois Mailou Jones, the ex­tra­or­di­nary pain­ter and teacher whose ca­reer be­gan as part of the Har­lem Re­nais­sance move­ment in the late 1920s and spanned seven decades. I think she would have ex­tra­or­di­nary sto­ries to share.’

Fe­male artists we should know about ‘Cathy Wilkes and Char­lotte Prodger – rep­re­sent­ing Bri­tain and Scot­land re­spec­tively at next year’s Venice Bi­en­nale.’

MONIKA SPRÜTH & PHILOMENE MAGERS

To mark the 20th an­niver­sary of the launch of their orig­i­nal ex­hi­bi­tion space, the pi­o­neer­ing gal­lerists talk to Bazaar about cham­pi­oning some of the world’s great­est women artists on page 32.

An artist you would like to meet ‘Bruce Nau­man. When you visit his show at Schaulager in Switzer­land, you ex­pe­ri­ence a work that is rel­e­vant on ev­ery level. See­ing it re­in­forces the hope that art and cul­ture have a deeper mean­ing.’

Fe­male artists we should know about ‘Brid­get Ri­ley’s work has trained the sen­si­bil­ity of see­ing, and has been in­te­gral to the de­vel­op­ment of the dis­course on paint­ing; and Rose­marie Trockel is one of very few artists who ef­fec­tively chal­lenge the role of women in both the form and con­tent of their work.’

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