The Art Channel AKA independent art critiques and Londoners Grace Adam and Joshua White bring you a film of the Agnes Martin exhibition at Tate Modern including analysis of several major works. Agnes Martin (1912 – 2004) was an American expressionist painter who retreated from New York City to a solitary life in New Mexico in the 1970s. She was a closeted lesbian who did not like to be categorised and did not want people to call her other than ‘an artist’.
QAF Trigger 2015 banner with a work of art by Persimmon Blackbridge
Last Chance to See QAF’s Visual Arts Exhibition
Queer Arts Festival in Vancouver runs through August 7. The festival’s visual arts exhibition Trigger: Drawing the Line in 2015 celebrates the 25th anniversary of a landmark work of queer heritage: lesbian artist collective Kiss & Tell’s legendary exhibition, Drawing the Line. The members of Kiss & Tell are Lizard Jones, Persimmon Blackbridge and Susan Stewart.
Twenty-five years later, QAF honours this epochal piece of Canadian queer heritage with a retrospective show of the original images, together with a curated exhibition in which artists are asked for contemporary responses to this pivotal exhibition. Trigger: Drawing the Line in 2015 features works by 19 LGBTQ artists. The curator is SD Holman.
Excerpt from QAF’s website.
TRIGGER: Drawing the Line in 2015, July 23 – August 7, curated by SD Holman, is the main exhibition of the Queer Arts Festival 2015 in Vancouver. Venue: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews (Corner of Davie & Pacific), Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z 2W3, Canada.
QAF’s curated exhibition honours the 25th anniversary of Kiss & Tell’s legendary exhibition, Drawing the Line. 19 participating artists challenge, provoke and push boundaries. What sets you off?
Kiss & Tell: (Lizard Jones, Persimmon Blackbridge, Susan Stewart), Afuwa, Aiyyana Maracle, Amy Dame, Bryan Bone, Claude Perreault, Coral Short, Dana Ayotte, Emilio Rojas, James Diamond, Jonny Sopotiuk, Jono Nobles, Kathy Atkins, Persimmon Blackbridge, Rosamond Norbury, Storme Webber, Suzo Hickey and Toni Latour.
In the article on “Gay and Lesbian Art” in the Oxford Art Online, one exhibition is singled out as best embodying the spirit of queer arts: the 1990 project Drawing the Line by the Vancouver collective Kiss & Tell. In this project, Susan Stewart photographed her colleagues Persimmon Blackbridge and Lizard Jones, and women viewers were given markers to draw lines on the walls at the point at which the increasingly explicit imagery became unacceptable to them. Audiences, however, responded in a decidedly non-linear way, and impassioned debates flowered on the walls around the images. Drawing the Line toured internationally and had an enormous influence – it is not uncommon for lesbians of a certain age to say this exhibition “changed my life.”
Twenty-five years later, QAF honours this epochal piece of Canadian queer heritage with a retrospective show of the original images, together with a curated exhibition in which artists are asked for contemporary responses to this pivotal exhibition.
Read more about TRIGGER: Drawing the Line in 2015.
Germaine Krull (1897-1985) – Un destin de photographe
Dates: June 2 – September 27, 2015
Venue: Jeu de Paume, Paris, France
From nudes to surreal collage, street scenes to portraits, a new exhibition charts the astonishingly modern work of maverick photographer Germaine Krull. A pioneer of photojournalism, bisexual Germaine Krull moved across Europe in the 1920s and 30s mixing with left-leaning intellectuals and pushing at boundaries, both in her work and as a woman. Germaine Krull then settled in Paris where she worked in the 1930s. After serving as a war photographer in 1943–1945, she moved to Thailand and then settled in India, where she converted to Buddhism and worked to preserve its cultural heritage.
Curator: Michel Frizot
The press release about Germaine Krull (1897-1985) – Un destin de photographe (A Photographer’s Journey)
Photographer Laura Gilpin, (1891-1979) is best know for her landscapes of the Southwest and the Navajo. She also frequently photographed her partner Elizabeth W. Forster, however the art historians are often so busy establishing Laura Gilpin’s reputation as a Great American Photographer that they forget to mention her partner, when they tell the story of Laura Gilpin’s life.