Annie KevansPortraits 3 - 25 Oct 2017In her many portrait series, Annie Kevans has always found new ways of presenting figures from the past, both the famous and the marginalised. From child stars to dictators, artists and the insane, Kevans imbues her subjects with a tangible humanity and sensuality. Her unusual portraits, which may or may not be based on historical documents, show the sitters as real people who both embody and reject our preconceptions about them and about the historical moments they represent. This exhibition presents a selection of work from several series including Women in the History of Art, WAMPAS Baby Stars, and The Muses of Jean Paul Gaultier.
Since graduating from Central St Martins School of Art & Design in 2004, Kevans has had solo exhibitions in New York, London and Vienna. Her work has featured in numerous group shows in the UK, Germany, Austria, Italy and the US. She has been a finalist in the Women of the Future awards and the Jerwood Drawing Prize. Her work can be found in the Pallant House Gallery, the David Roberts Collection, 21c Museum and the Saatchi Collection.
Women Artists: A Conversation6 - 28 Feb 2017The Fine Art Society is pleased to announce a major group exhibition of contemporary women artists. Featuring works in a diverse range of mediums, styles and genres, the exhibition represents...
What Marcel Duchamp Taught Me10 Oct - 5 Nov 2014Marking the centenary of Duchamp's readymade, The Fine Art Society was proud to present a major group exhibition What Marcel Duchamp Taught Me. It was the largest show in the history of the gallery, taking over the entire five floors of the Bond Street townhouse as over 50 Contemporary artists responded to Duchamp and his legacy. The readymade is a concept that challenged the very notion of art itself. As a result of this gesture, anything could be art if the artist chose it.
Duchamp's impact not just as an artist but also as a great thinker and writer, is incalculable. His afterlife is undoubtedly phenomenal and his legacy is a subject continually discussed by art historians and critics. Yet it is so deeply embedded in the practice of art that it is hard to pin down. So instead The Fine Art Society has asked artists to respond directly and personally. Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) is a multifaceted figure who still looms large over contemporary art. Duchamp is worshipped by some and condemned by others - either way there is no disputing that he is one of the most influential artists of the twentieth and twenty first centuries.
Duchamp derided the adoration of art and all canons of taste and categorisation. He said once, "I force myself to contradict myself so as to avoid conforming to my own taste". In 1913 he set in motion one of the single most influential and significant ideas in modern art. Alone in his studio he created his first readymade by selecting and presenting a found object, Bicycle Wheel. He would not show the work for another year - the first pure readymade is dated to the 1914 Bottle Rack.
Annie Kevans: Woman and the History of Art13 May - 6 Jun 2014In May 2014 The Fine Art Society held an exhibition of new work by Annie Kevans - Women and the History of Art. Kevans' work has always reflected an interest in the relation between power and identity and in every new series the British painter investigates inherited belief systems. The exhibition centred on women in art history who were once part of the art world and whose history and significance have been gradually eroded.
Kevans has long examined the duality of truth and falsehood throughout her work, which she does by creating 'portraits' which may or may not be based on real documentation. For this exhibition Kevans presents over thirty new paintings that depict successful women artists, opening up a dialogue about their importance and significance. Although many have been championed in the last decades having been 'rediscovered' by later art historians, these women remain 'seperate' from art history.
Kevans shines a light on artists such as Sofonisba Anguissola who was the first Italian woman to become an international known artist in her own time. Other artist are known for their personal lives but their works remain invisible. Despite being the first woman painter admitted to the Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Suzanne Valadon is more famous for her peronal relationships with Renoir, Erik Satie and Degas. Like many of her female contemporaries, her name means nothing to the general public or to many female artists working today.
Throughout her many series, which always show an affinity for the marginalised, Kevans has always found a new way of perceiving figures from the past. Whether child stars, dictators or the insane, Kevans captures a piercing insight and imbues her subjects with a tangible humanity and sensuality. She believes that a person's identity is not preset but is a shifting temporary constuction and her work questions our verdicts on history and perceptions of intellectual solidity.
Since graduating from Central St Martins School of Art & Design in 2004, Kevans has had solo exhibitions in New York, London and Vienna. Her work has featured in numerous group shows in the UK, Germany, Austria, Italy and the US. She has been a finalist in the Women of the Future awards and the Jerwood Drawing Prize. Her work can be found in the Pallant House Gallery, the David Roberts Collection, 21c Museum and the Saatchi Collection. Kevans is currently exhibiting a series of works commissioned by Jean Paul Gaultier at his Barbican show, From the Sidewalk to The Catwalk.