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International Woman's Day

For the first time in 10 years, Tate Britain will be rehanging its permanent collection and for the first time ever, half the featured contemporary artists will be women.

Although this curation won't be ready to view until May 2023 we thought this is a great place to start our appreciation for the artists that we truly admire as approach International Women's Day.

Looking ahead of IWD, be sure not to miss the selection of artworks by women that continue to shape the contemporary art landscape that we have put together.

"Women artists will be better represented than ever before."
Tate Britain
Tracey Emin

By approaching taboo subjects with honesty, the artist dispels some of the stigma around issues often left undiscussed. And, by refusing to bow to critics, Emin shows she has nothing to apologise for – a position which empowers those with similar lived experiences.

Hurt Heart
Editions
Tracey Emin
Hurt Heart
£8,750
Curled Up
Editions
Tracey Emin
Curled Up
£8,500
"Tracey is a leader and where she leads, others follow."
Georgina Wimbush, director at White Cube
Delphine Lebourgeois

From the beginning of Lebourgeois' career, her work has been "unconsciously feminist" and has developed a visual language that explores the nuances and stereotypes of representing women. There is strength, humour and an abundance of storytelling in her illustrations.

Good Morning Trouble
Editions
Good Morning Trouble
£500
Smak I
Originals
Smak I
£400
"It’s not a conscious decision to only draw women …. at the moment it’s what feels right. I’m particularly interested in female emancipation and group dynamics."
Delphine Lebourgeois
Mickalene Thomas

One artist that is changing the art landscape is Mickalene Thomas. A highlight from 2022, was Women Painting Women, an exhibition at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth where Thomas creates work through the lens of a queer black woman.

She makes rhinestone-adorned collage paintings and engaging video installations and cites one of her goals as “removing the Black female from stereotypes of servitude and overtly sexualized positions”.

Left Behind
Editions
Mickalene Thomas
Left Behind
£13,500
July 1977
Editions
Mickalene Thomas
July 1977
£25,000
“When they go to a museum they can see that there's a conversation of beauty that exists that is not conventional, so it inspires young women to feel proud about who they are.”
Mickalene Thomas
Alma Berrow

Her infamous ceramic works blend reality with fantasy to create intricate still-life sculptures. Subverting the still-life genre with her playful talismans, she often forms overflowing ashtrays or elaborate plates of food that elicit familiar moments felt in the everyday.

Fried
Objects
Alma Berrow
Fried
£1,800
View Work
"I would have to say one of the biggest influences and supports to me and my mother and sisters. My mother taught me almost all I know about ceramics and my sisters have been my pillars."
Alma Berrow
Bridget Riley

In 1973, she clearly set out her belief that art and gender should not be linked in her essay The Hermaphrodite, published in Art News. In it, she referred to gender as a “red herring” unrelated to the creative process which, she explained, should be solely focused on “how to start, lead and sustain a creative life”. Because of this philosophy, Riley believed that the label of ‘woman artist’ was unhelpful and distracting, explaining;

Intervals 3 (Orange/Blue)
Editions
Bridget Riley
Intervals 3 (Orange/Blue)
£8,000
Intervals 3 (Green/Purple)
Editions
Bridget Riley
Intervals 3 (Green/Purple)
£7,500
“At this point in time, artists who happen to be women need this particular form of hysteria like they need a hole in the head.”
Bridget Riley
Nancy Fouts

Adored by other artists including Patrick Hughes, The Connor Brothers and Banksy, Nancy Fouts, who passed away in 2019, was known for her wicked sense of humour and her incredible parties. But this magnetic woman had a serious side, executing her surreal sculptures with a perfectionism that became a hallmark of her work.

Game Board with Crest
Objects
Nancy Fouts
Game Board with Crest
£3,000
Mouse in Lightbulb
Editions
Nancy Fouts
Mouse in Lightbulb
£500
"She was effortlessly cool - A true force of nature."
Laura Rivas Lopez - Gallery Manager
Swoon

Known for her large-scale installations and intricate portrait pieces which bridge boundaries between the street and gallery, Swoon is an all-around creator with a social consciousness.

It’s this pioneering work, coupled with her relentless campaigning on climate change and social crises that puts her at the forefront of International Women's Day.

Girl from Ranoon Province (Bangkok)
Originals
Swoon
Girl from Ranoon Province (Bangkok)
£4,000
View Work
"I have been inspired over the years by many people who make a case for balancing the forces at play in our society and in our individual psyches by learning to embrace all that we consider feminine."
Swoon

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