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The Untimely Gaze

Opening: Thursday, September 26 at 8 pm
Dates: September 27, 2013 - January 12, 2014
Curator: Katya García-Antón
Place: South Wing Exhibition
Session: Beyond Figura

Exhibition organised by Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, CAPC musée d’ art contemporain de Bordeaux, Tate Liverpool, Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen and Stiftelsen Kunstnernes Hus

Sylvia Sleigh (Wales, 1916 - New York, 2010) remained true to figurative painting throughout her lifetime, becoming an important actor, portrayer and supporter of the feminist scene in New York in the 1970s. Her portraiture liberated painting from the rigidity of a male-dominated gaze, while insisting on the relevance of contemporary dialogue with European painterly tradition. In Sleigh's portrayals of the art world around her, critics, collectors and artists, male and female, were rendered clothed, cross-dressed or nude. Hers was an untimely, irritating, deeply personal, feminist perspective which claimed an innovative space for the female gaze, ranged at the centre of a burgeoning discourse around issues of hierarchy, representation and gender that are still highly relevant today.

Indeed, her markedly sensual and sexual approach to oil painting attached great importance to details: at times the entire surface of the painting is densely inhabited. These tools were given a primary role in the construction of a new representational history which echoed sensitively with the momentous changes of her times. The crucial role Sleigh played in the development of feminist and gender-led aesthetic languages from the 1960s onwards was largely ignored until quite recently, when her oeuvre began to attract attention as a result of ground-breaking exhibitions such as WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, held at MoCA Los Angeles in 2007.



Biografía Katya García-Antón: Sylvia Sleigh. The Untimely Gaze

Nota de prensa [Press Dossier]

Imágenes en alta resolución [High Resolution Images]

Exhibition Labels [Exhibitions Labels]

Biography [Sylvia Sleigh. Biography]


SYLVIA SLEIGH. Paul Rosano Reclining, 1974. 137,2 x 198,1 cm. © The Estate of Sylvia Sleigh

SYLVIA SLEIGH. Annunciation: Paul Rosano, 1975. 228,6 x 132 cm. Jeff and Leslie Fischer Collection, New York

SYLVIA SLEIGH. A.I.R. Group Portrait, 1977 - 78. 193 x 208,2 cm. © The Estate of Sylvia Sleigh


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