Why have there been no Great Women Artists?
Or have there? Of course there have, but they have been relegated to the back-bench for centuries.
Thankfully times are changing.
Linda Nochlin’s ground-breaking essay, Why have there been no Great Women Artists? was the first of many feminist attacks on the Western art historical canon to rock the boat. She paved the way for a brighter more egalitarian future to which thankfully we are ebbing closer and closer.
Following in Nochlin's formidable footsteps is The Great Women Artists Instagram account, founded by Katy Hessel in 2015, and, now a new exhibition of work at Grace Belgravia Spa (21 Feb - 8 April).
Featuring the work of four women emerging artists, Ladies' Paradise explores notions of the body and women's internal desires through multi-disciplinary figurative and abstract works.
Ahead of the exhibition, we look at some of the great female artists joining the conversation on Instagram.
Juno Calypso has been taking self-portraits for two decades, staging herself as a fictional character named ‘Joyce’. Calypso has said: 'Once alone I used Joyce to reenact the private underlife of a woman consumed by the laboured construct of femininity, carried out to the point of ritualised absurdity.'
With an absolutely stellar CV – Calypso has already exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery, The Photographer's Gallery, Tate Modern and is currently exhibiting in Covent Garden – she is one to watch, if not already on your radar.