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Resist: Be Modern (Again)

Resist: Be Modern (Again)

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Exhibition Catalog

Ed. by Alice Maude-Roxby and Stefanie Siebold. John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton, 2019.

176 pp. Moderately illustrated (chiefly col.). 25 x 18 cm. In English.

ISBN 9781912431083

Resist: be modern (again) explores the practices of women artists, designers and writers of the 1920s and 30s through the work of contemporary artists. These pioneering women were important groundbreakers for their time with many of their ideas still resonating today. Their battles against social conventions and aesthetic dogmas paved the way for today’s understanding of an expanded field of art, as well as contemporary personal freedoms. Resist: be modern (again) looks back at these revolutionary art, design, performative and written practices. Using the lens of contemporary art, theory and design, the exhibition highlights the importance and influence of these long-lost early avant-garde practices into the present. Resist: be modern (again) showcases collaborations between women who, due to either gender, sexuality or ethnicity, have been censored out, devalued or marginalised over time. This exhibition brings their practice and contribution out of the archives and into the foreground. Contemporary artists reactivate and represent these early practices through mapping, transcribing, sampling, referencing, reciting, re-telling or re-making, reclaiming their lasting value and importance for today’s art world and beyond. The artists, designers, writers, editors, film-makers and performers referenced within Resist: be modern (again) include: writer Virginia Woolf, textile designers Barron and Larcher, Enid Marx, photographer Berenice Abbott and writer and art critic Elizabeth McCausland, legendary club proprietor and jazz singer Ada ‘Bricktop’ Smith, film-maker Esther Eng, artist, performer and poet Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Lohringhoven, and editors of the 1920s American literary journal The Little Review, Margaret Anderson and Jane Heap. All of whom were responsible for highly innovative art, design and publishing, much of which has been largely erased from the art historical canon. Exhibiting artists: Becky Beasley / Madeleine Bernstorff / Tessa Boffin / Ricarda Denzer / Andrea Geyer / Moira Hille / Alice Maude-Roxby / Nick Mauss / Ursula Mayer / Falke Pisano / Ingrid Pollard / Tanoa Sasraku-Ansah / Katie Schwab / Stefanie Seibold / Megan Francis Sullivan / S. Louisa Wei / Riet Wijnen / Gillian Wylde / and a contribution by curator Beatriz Herráez.

Subject Headings: International ; Western Art -- 1900-1945 ; Post-1945 -- Several Fine Arts Media (Western) -- LGBTQ ; Women Artists --

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