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Celeste Dupuy-Spencer

But The Clouds Never Hung So Low Before (publication)

Photo: def image
Photo: def image

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.

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Louise Bonnet, Celeste Dupuy-Spencer et al.

Dark Light: Realism in the Age of Post-Truths (group show)
Aïsthi Foundation, Beirut
October 2022 – end date TBC

Louise Bonnet, In Bed, 2018, Photo: Lee Tyler Thompson
Louise Bonnet, In Bed, 2018, Photo: Lee Tyler Thompson

Works by Louise Bonnet and Celeste Dupuy-Spencer are on view at the Aïshti Foundation, Beirut, in Dark Light: Realism in the Age of Post-Truths. The exhibition assembles the work of over one hundred artists from the Tony and Elham Salamé Collection, presenting recent acquisitions that question the meanings and functions of figuration in contemporary art. As the very definitions of truth have dramatically eroded in the past few years, many contemporary artists have proceeded to analyse, interrogate, and deconstruct the notion of realism, particularly in the field of painting. Bringing together work from an emerging group of artists and their established predecessors, this exhibition subverts conventional notions of beauty, taste, and propriety, depicting a new humanity that is simultaneously monstrous and angelical, carnal and ethereal. 

Aïshti Foundation


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

Installation view: Women Painting Women, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 2022. Photograph by Kevin Todora. Courtesy of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Work
Installation view: Women Painting Women, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 2022. Photograph by Kevin Todora. Courtesy of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Work

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