Tue, 05 Apr|
Passionate Instincts by Alexis Hunter
An exciting body of work, 1967-2010, by well-known Feminist artist Alexis Hunter. Including work previously unseen in the UK until now.
Time & Location
05 Apr 2022, 10:00 – 24 Apr 2022, 16:00
Margate, 31-33 High St, Margate CT9 1DX, UK
About the Event
Passionate Instincts by Alexis Hunter, opening on Tuesday 5th April. The show will be an exciting body of work, 1967-2010, with previously unseen work painted in New Zealand.
These unique works, spanning a decade from 1976 - 1988, previously shown in the Auckland City Art Gallery have not been seen in the UK until now. Alexis Hunter is a well-known feminist artist who was born in New Zealand and died in London in 2014. The work consists of large paintings, photographs and motherboards.
Alexis Hunter was born in 1948 in New Zealand. She obtained an Honours degree (in Painting and the History of Art and Architecture) at the Elam School of Fine Art in 1969. After travelling around Australia for a year she joined the Women's Workshop of the Artists Union in London whilst working in commercial film and animation. During the eighties she became Visiting Lecturer at the School of Visual Arts, New York and Byam Shaw in London, then Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Houston, Texas. Hunter has curated various exhibitions on painting and politics. Using London as her base, she works and shows internationally, including regular exhibitions at the Whitespace Gallery, New Zealand. The London Gallery Richard Saltoun is currently showing her conceptual feminist artworks at art fairs in London and New York.
The Narrative Sequences were devised as an intervention in the women's art movement of the seventies and at the time was shown at the Hayward, the ICA and the Sydney Biennale and various European museums. Since the renewed interest in the work it has been shown in 'Live in Your Head: Concept and Experiment in Britain' at the Whitechapel Gallery, London; 'Work' at Taxi Palais, Innsbruck; 'WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution' at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Lynda Morris of the Norwich Gallery has curated a large exhibition of this sequential work 'Alexis Hunter: Radical Feminism in the 1970s', which has travelled to Bunkier Sztuki, Kracow, Poland. The appreciation of Hunter's photographic narratives has led her to embark on a new series of artworks exploring the complex relationship between film, photography and painting.
"Alexis Hunter is one of the most important representatives of the engaged feminist art. She contributed to creating a movement in art, which imposed female artistic point of reference through image and, the way of presentation. Her works are deeply rooted in political context. They form a critical analysis of masculinized culture." Olenka Nowak, writer, Poland, June 2007.
Accessibility: This show and toilets are located on the ground floor and are accessible to wheelchair users. There is a baby changing station in the accessible toilet.
The Margate School is dog friendly - bring your pup along!
Getting here: We are located on Margate’s High Street in the old Woolworth’s building. See us on a map here.
By bike - There are some public bike racks down the High Street and around Margate. We have some room to accommodate some bikes, please ask us before chaining up! You can send us a message and any further questions here.
By train - We are a 10 min walk from Margate train station, just head along the seafront, enjoy the view, and visit the local businesses along the front.
Car - There is paid parking in Morrisons Carpark or along the seafront near Turner. You can find free parking in Cliftonville if you don’t mind a walk!