Private view: Wednesday 14 February 6-8pm
15 February – 31 March 2018
Curated by Paola Ugolini, Women Look At Women explores feminine identity through the work of thirteen internationally renowned women artists. In this inaugural exhibition at Richard Saltoun’s new gallery in Dover Street, each of the works on show reflects a different aspect of the relationship women have with their own bodies and how they judge and respond to the physicality of other women.
In 1974 Eleanor Antin staged a performance in the Californian surfer town Solana Beach, dressed in drag as her fictional character The King of Solana Beach. Wearing a full beard, her gender-binding alias tests preconceptions of male and female roles throughout history. In Men from The King of Solana Beach (1974) we even see “His Majesty” taking a trip to [the men’s] bathroom.
Renate Bertlmann’s Transformations (1969) comprises 53 staged self-portraits, where Bertlmann transforms herself into different female character types; the free spirit, the demure girl, the mad eccentric, and so forth. Posing for the camera, wearing her mothers clothes, she performs “femininity” in its many guises, playing a game of seduction with her viewer, whilst staying in full control.
Exhibited at The Venice Biennale in 1984, Ego Geometria Sum (1982-83) maps Helen Chadwick’s history from birth to age thirty. Sculptures reminiscent of mathematical structures or children’s building blocks are layered with a surreal tableaux of familiar objects and her naked body, becoming time capsules; leading us through the artists past.
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