“The Year of The Woman”
Group exhibition by
AHN SUN MI, REBECCA DAYAN, KESH
Exhibition April 7 - May 8
The Year Of The Woman at Catherine Ahnell Gallery showcasing the break through of four young female artists with four individual artistic styles and mediums.
Over the course of 2015/16, four international female artists were invited to live and work in Catherine Ahnell Gallery as artists in residence. Their residencies, held at different points throughout the year, culminated in individual solo exhibitions.
The group exhibition recapitulates the theme “The year of the women” a year dedicated exclusively to female artists to celebrate and highlight the importance of their presence in and impact of the arts.
– Reflecting over the two first years of the gallery’s existence I realized I had not had any female artists. I ask myself, how come - In my search for new artists why was it that I didn’t find more female artists that I considered inviting to exhibit?
Refusing to fall back on the assumption that the unbalanced visibility of female and male artists in the art industry has to do with talent and level of craft I decided to dedicate a year to women artists.
This as an invitation to a discussion around the theme and to contribute to a change. – Catherine Ahnell / Curator and gallery owner
Features the work of
(Tali Lennox NOT shown in the group show)
British, New York based TALI LENNOX who held her much discussed solo debut at the gallery in March 2015. It propelled a series of features in Observer Arts, WSJ, Forbes, Vogue as well as a place at the Paddle 8 auction Free Arts New York. With layers of oil paint and heavy brush strokes Lennox catches the raw expression and character of her subjects in art pieces of many depth, searching for beauty in what is human and unconventional.
Award winning South Korean photographer AHN SUN MI based out of Paris. After selling out her first debut exhibition in 2008 on the first day Ahn Sun Mi has exhibited everywhere from Carrousel de Louvre in Paris to Art Stage Singapore. Her characteristic self portraits, sometimes dreamy sometimes bright and colorful, consists of surrealistic photo collages where all photos are taken by the artist including those of herself.
French native US based artist and acclaimed actress REBECCA DAYAN. Working exclusively with water color Dayan’s work finds compilation in the subtile and the bold finding the perfect contrast between blank space, fragile lines and rich colors.
Her hugely successful debut show explored the symbolism around the Virgin Mary reclaiming the original values of the word virgin free from cultural, religious and social expectations that has charged the word through time.
English born KESH working with an array of mediums using digital techniques that wouldn't have been possible a few years ago. Integrating social media as part of her work KESH is always on the frontline of the most relevant platforms of the moment, pushing the envelope as an artist representative of our time. With earlier shows in LA and Art Basel Miami her exhibition at Catherine Ahnell Gallery marked her first show in New York.