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
Entanglements: Louise Bonnet and Adam Silverman at Hollyhock House (duo show)
Hollyhock House, Los Angeles
15 February – 27 May 2023
As their first formal collaboration, Louise Bonnet and her partner, ceramicist Adam Silverman, will take over the iconic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Hollyhock House in Los Angeles, marking the first artistic intervention at the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Featuring new work in dialogue with the space, Bonnet’s paintings and drawing and Silverman’s ceramics engage the legendary house’s 100-year history as a platform for artists and experimentation. The works will be installed in Hollyhock House's public rooms where Aline Barnsdall's celebrated art collection was once on display.
Known for her portraits of exaggerated proportions and grotesque features, Bonnet continually explores emotions of melancholy, loneliness, nostalgia and grief in her works on canvas or paper. Silverman is among the most dynamic practitioners dedicated to ceramics today and is known for his sculptural vessels and richly textured glazes. He brings an architect’s sense of structure to his objects and utilises personal and experimental techniques to glaze and fire his works.
The exhibition opens to the public on 15 February 2023.
Please note, that advance booking is required.
But The Clouds Never Hung So Low Before (publication)
Published by Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin | Paris | London / Holzwarth Publications 2022
With a conversation between Celeste Dupuy-Spencer and Louise Bonnet
Published on the occasion of Celeste Dupuy-Spencer's 2020–2021 solo exhibition at Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, the new catalogue But The Clouds Never Hung So Low Before is now available for purchase on the Galerie Max Hetzler publications website.
In the artist's first solo exhibition outside of the United States, Dupuy-Spencer presented blistering paintings, loaded with a complex mix of iconography, drawn from the real and the imaginary. Included in the catalogue is a supplementary booklet featuring a discussion between Dupuy-Spencer and fellow artist Louise Bonnet.