A parallel universe of women

A parallel universe of women

The Lloyds Club, nestled in the heart of London’s financial district, has been entirely taken over by women artists and the result is stunning.”2Q13 – Women Artists, Women Collectors”, an exhibition co-curated by Marcelle Joseph and Lydia Cowpertwait, features 78 contemporary artworks, all made by women artists.

Some of the art pieces belong to important female collectors from London, Europe and North America. Others are new works available for sale, each of them created by artists represented in the selected collections. As Marcelle Joseph points out, the idea behind the project was to look at women artists represented in important women collections.

The title “2Q13” cleverly references the trilogy 1Q84 with its parallel world written by Japanese author Haruki Murakami (a favourite for this year’s Nobel prize for literature). If women could rewrite the rules of the universe in 2013, what would they do?

Clarisse d’Arcimoles, “Britannia”, 2013, Archival inkjet print, Edition 1/3, 120 x 95 cm, Courtesy of Breese Little, London

Artists featured in the exhibition include internationally established artists such as Phyllida Barlow, Louise Bourgeois, Cornelia Parker, Kiki Smith, Gillian Wearing, Rachel Whiteread, Tracy Emin, Chantal Joffe to name a few. “Britannia”, by French artist Clarisse d’Arcimoles, is one of the pieces for sale from the Forget Nostalgia Series, in which the artist steps into old black and white photographs.

The wide selection of artworks can be seen throughout the Grade II listed building. Located on Crutched Friars, the Lloyds Club was used in the 17th Century as the formal residence of the French Ambassador. It is now owned by the Hampden Group.

Many young female artists from various nationalities are currently established in London. The exhibition shows the triptych collage, “Not Just any Queen”, by Iranian artist Afsoon, whose work is represented in the British Museum’s contemporary Middle Eastern collection.

Afsoon, “Not Just Any Queen II” (2011), C-print on Somerset paper of a mixed media collage, edition of 8, 42 x 59 cm

A few 3D works are also exhibited. One of them is “Purple Heart” by German artist Josephine Meckseper, featuring a mannequin leg in purple hosiery displayed in a glass dome in the style of Louise Bourgeois’ Dangerous Obsession.

Josephine Meckseper, “Purple Heart”, 2011, Mannequin leg in purple hosiery and glass dome on pedestal; Dome: 45.7 x 9.5 x 17.8 cm; Pedestal: 61 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm, Courtesy of Timothy Taylor Gallery, London

Turkish artist, Güler Ates who was featured in one of our previous blogs, A secret art library, is also present in the show with a new photograph from her Rajasthan series.

Güler Ates, “Magic Lights”, 2013, Archival digital print, Edition of 5, 107 x 70 cm, Courtesy of the artist

This exhibition can be seen at the Lloyds Club until 5 December 2013 during opening hours (9am to 6pm). From My City is organising a networking event around the exhibition in the evening on 21 October 21.