Recent Work by Lisa Brice
From September 27 to November 2, 2019, Stephen Friedman Gallery will present a solo exhibition of new paintings and works on paper by South African artist Lisa Brice. This will mark the second show at the gallery for Brice, who is based in London, and follows her highly acclaimed solo exhibition in 2018 at Tate Britain, London.
Brice’s new body of work continues her interrogation of the male gaze by contesting and reinterpreting traditional depictions of women throughout art history. Playing with notions of liminality and agency, Brice treats her paintings like doors or portals by providing voyeuristic access into otherwise private spaces, typically playing with quintessential images of ‘the studio’. Painted in rich hues of vermillion and cobalt blue, images of female empowerment and defiances such as women wielding paintbrushes and cigarettes populate Brice’s recent work. Mirrors, smoke and panelled folding screens are used as formal devices to interrupt and veil her subjects.
Lisa Brice was born in 1968 in Cape Town, South Africa. Her practice is concentrated on haunting and emotive portraiture. She references art history, images of women in the media and photographs she has taken herself. Brice’s work was featured in the much-lauded exhibition Making and Unmaking curated by Duro Olowu, at Camden Arts Centre in London in 2016.
In 2018, Brice held a solo exhibition at Tate Britain as part of their Art Now series. Other solo exhibitions include Lisa Brice, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London (2017); Boundary Girl, Salon 94, New York (2017); Well Worn, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa (2015); Cut Your Coat, French Rivera, London, UK (2014).
Notable group exhibitions include Artists | Steal From, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London, UK (2019), La Diablesse, Tramps, London, UK (2016), Home Truths: Domestic Interior in South African Collections curated by Michael Godby, South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa (2016), New Revolutions, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa (2016), Puppet Show, curated by Tom Bloor and Celine Condorelli, Gavle Konstcentrum, Kultur & Fritid Gavle, Sweden, toured to Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, UK (2014).
Brice’s works can be found in prominent collections internationally including Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington DC, USA; BHP Billiton Collection, Johannesburg, South Africa; SABC Collection, South Africa; Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa; South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa; Michaelis Cabinet, University of Cape Town, South Africa; Gallery Frank Haenel, Frankfurt, Berlin, Germany; South African High Commission, London, England; Sindika Dokolo – African Collection of Contemporary Art, Luanda, Angola.
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