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Social Work: A New Section Dedicated to Women Who Challenged the Market

‘A response to the hard fact that women are still under-represented in every part of the art world’, says Jo Stella-Sawicka

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Photo: Tom Jamieson

Photo: Tom Jamieson

Following the success of Sex Work: Radical Art & Feminist Politics at Frieze London 2017, which focussed on artists from the 1960s and ‘70s, the fair will this year will feature Social Work, celebrating artists who challenged the male-dominated art market of the 1980s.

A panel of 10 women art historians and critics from UK institutions, including Iwona Blazwick (Director, Whitechapel Art Gallery), Katrina Brown (Director, The Common Guild), Louisa Buck (Art Critic and Correspondent, The Art Newspaper), Amira Gad (Exhibitions Curator, Serpentine Galleries), Jennifer Higgie (Editorial Director, frieze), Melanie Keen (Director, Iniva), Polly Staple (Director, Chisenhale Gallery), Sally Tallant (Director, Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art), Fatos Üstek (Director, DRAF) and Lydia Yee (Chief Curator, Whitechapel Gallery) will select a group of artists who challenged the status quo, embracing an activist approach in their art making and confronting social and cultural norms.

The section will include both well-known and overlooked female artists, who address questions of identity, labour and visibility in their work. The participating artists and galleries will be announced in the coming months.

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