Simone de Beauvoir’s Musings on Feminism and Angst Unite Five Female Artists in “She Came to Stay”
“She Came to Stay,” the title of Rook & Raven’s new group show (working in association with Marlborough Fine Art, London) takes its name from one of the most heart-wrenching and vivid novels written by the canonical feminist writer Simone de Beauvoir. The book, a thinly disguised account based on de Beauvoir’s relationship with fellow intellectual and philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, recounts the couple’s tumultuous and at times violent affair with another woman. Subtle and relentlessly honest, Beauvoir’s text is now the inspiration for the London gallery’s curation of paintings that address themes of existential angst, feminism, and unfettered sexuality.
The painters whose works are on display may vary wildly in age and style, but they share a drive to create works based on individual experience and a penchant to trouble the idea that perception is entirely objective—particularly when it comes to the modern female experience.
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Also on view at Rook & Raven are the works of
The graphic narrative paintings of the young French artist
“She Came to Stay” is on view at Rook & Raven, London, Jun. 25–Aug. 22, 2015.