June 1, 2019
“Some of the Loveliest Studies Ever”
Monteverdi Gallery is pleased to present a new body of work by UK-based artist Linder. The opening of Linder’s exhibition will take place on June 1st at 12:00 p.m. in the Monteverdi Gallery at Castiglioncello del Trinoro. Please join us for a conversation with the artist followed by a lunch reception.
For over four decades, Linder has used the medium of collage to critically dissect and reconstruct the representation and commercialization of gender roles and sexuality. Linder has continued to draw from source material from the 1970s and 1980s magazines which reflect the heavy expectations on each side of the gender binary; cars, DIY, and pornography for men; fashion and housekeeping for women.
In this series, the great outdoors plays a role as Linder’s response to the location of the gallery in the Val D’Orcia. Linder has created a series of new collages utilizing the nude photography of Harrison Marks from his book entitled “She Walks In Beauty” (1964). Marks was a glamour photographer and later in life, a pornographer. Often heavily retouched, his photographs of nude women are uncanny and unsettling, almost doll-like – in stark contrast to their natural surroundings. Despite the editing out of their genitals, Marks leaves behind aspects of the image which are often retouched in photos today – the details of their skin and hair – the folds, blemishes and follicles. Linder treats them to her characteristic treatment, adorning them with plant and animal life, playing with the reveal and concealment of their bodies with forms found in the landscape or sea.
Linder shows the uncanny airbrushed women subsumed and supported by natural forms. By using historical pictures which represent women from a different era, she imbues them with a new meaning and freedom.
Linder was born in Liverpool in 1954, and lives and works in London. Solo exhibitions of her work have taken place at Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham (2018); Glasgow Women’s Library (2018); Chatsworth, Derbyshire (2018); Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France (2013); Tate St Ives, Cornwall (2013); Chisenhale Gallery, London (2010); and Museum of Modern Art/PS1 (2007). Linder’s work has been included in group exhibitions at Tate Modern, London; Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate Britain, London and Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago. In 2017, Linder was awarded the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award. In 2020, Linder will be the subject of a solo exhibition at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge.
About This Event:
Date: June 1, 2019
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: The Monteverdi Gallery