The Patriarchy, 2019
now part of the permanent collection of Museum Brandhorst
We are pleased to announce that Louise Bonnet's painting The Patriarchy from 2019 is now part of the permanent collection of the Museum Brandhorst in Munich.
Louise Bonnet, Celeste Dupuy-Spencer et al.
Women Painting Women (group show)
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth
15 May – 25 September 2022
Works by Louise Bonnet and Celeste Dupuy-Spencer are included in the group exhibition Women Painting Women, which will be on view at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth from 15 May until 25 September 2022.
Women Painting Women is a thematic exhibition featuring 46 female artists who choose women as subject matter in their works. This presentation includes approximately 50 evocative portraits that span the late 1960s to the present. International in scope, Women Painting Women recognizes female perspectives that have been underrepresented in the history of postwar figuration. Painting is the focus of the exhibition, as traditionally it has been a privileged medium for portraiture, particularly for white male artists. The artists here use painting and women as subject matter as vehicles for change and range from early trailblazers like Alice Neel and Emma Amos to emerging artists such as Jordan Casteel and Apolonia Sokol. Some, such as Jenny Saville, work on large canvases, producing images that dwarf the space around them, while others, including Somaya Critchlow, paint on a modest scale that invites close viewing. All place women—their bodies, gestures, and individuality—at the forefront.
Four themes trend in the works included in Women Painting Women: The Body, Nature Personified, Color as Portrait, and Selfhood. Through these themes, the artists conceive new ways to activate and elaborate on the portrayal of women. Replete with complexities, realness, abjection, beauty, complications, everydayness, and joy, the portraits in this exhibition make way for female artists to share the stage with their male counterparts in defining the image of woman and how it has evolved.
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Louise Bonnet, Robert Grosvenor et al.
The 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia: The Milk of Dreams (group show)
The Arsenale, Venice
23 April – 27 November 2022
Louise Bonnet’s new large-scale painting Pisser Triptych, 2021–2022, as well as three sculptures by Robert Grosvenor from 1987–1988, 2018 and 2019, are on view as part of the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia: The Milk of Dreams, at the Arsenale in Venice until 27 November 2022. Curated by Cecilia Alemani, this exhibition presents works by 213 artists from 58 countries.
“The Milk of Dreams takes its title from a book by Leonora Carrington (1917–2011), in which the Surrealist artist describes a magical world where life is constantly re-envisioned through the prism of the imagination. It is a world where everyone can change, be transformed, become something or someone else. The exhibition The Milk of Dreams takes Leonora Carrington’s otherworldly creatures, along with other figures of transformation, as companions on an imaginary journey through the metamorphoses of bodies and definitions of the human.
This exhibition is grounded in many conversations with artists held in the last few years. The questions that kept emerging from these dialogues seem to capture this moment in history when the very survival of the species is threatened, but also to sum up many other inquiries that pervade the sciences, arts, and myths of our time. How is the definition of the human changing? What constitutes life, and what differentiates plant and animal, human and non-human? What are our responsibilities towards the planet, other people, and other life forms? And what would life look like without us?
These are some of the guiding questions for this edition of the Biennale Arte, which focuses on three thematic areas in particular: the representation of bodies and their metamorphoses; the relationship between individuals and technologies; the connection between bodies and the Earth.”
– Cecilia Alemani
La Biennale di Venezia