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Created off the back of @thegreatwomenartists Instagram, this podcast is all about celebrating women artists. Presented by art historian and curator, Katy Hessel, this podcast interviews artists on their career, or curators, writers, or general art lovers, on the female artist who means the most to them.

The Great Women Artists Katy Hessel

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    • 4.9, 168 Ratings

Created off the back of @thegreatwomenartists Instagram, this podcast is all about celebrating women artists. Presented by art historian and curator, Katy Hessel, this podcast interviews artists on their career, or curators, writers, or general art lovers, on the female artist who means the most to them.

    Cassi Namoda

    Cassi Namoda

    In episode 31 of The Great Women Artists Podcast, Katy Hessel interviews one of the most exciting artists in the world right now, the great CASSI NAMODA!!

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    WOW was it incredible to speak with the painter known for her vibrant and beautiful works that capture everyday scenes – from mundane moments to life-changing events of post-colonial Mozambique within an increasingly globalised world.

    Born in Maputo, and currently based in Long Island, NY, Cassi is a painter and performance artist who explores the intricacies of social dynamics and mixed cultural and racial identity.

    With the appearance of film stills, these fleeting snapshots sit within much larger narratives, and range from bustling, faceless crowds to close-up individual portraits.

    When confronted with one, they fill you with JOY with their vibrant colours and scenes full of love and appreciation, with the artist once remarking, “If you’re surrounded by love and community, you can make do with very little."

    I LOVED speaking with Cassi. In this episode we discuss her most recent exhibition "Little Is Enough For Those in Love" at Pippy Houldsworth in London – a show bursting with vitality, as well as exploring dualities between joy and pain; the storytelling aspect of her work and its cinematic influence; her experience growing up across continents and her aim to portray a post-independence Mozambique.

    ENJOY!!

    WORKS DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE
    3 Month Old Lung Patient, 2019
    Untitled (Conjoined Twins), 2019
    Sad Man with Flowers, 2019
    Little Is Enough For Those in Love, 2019
    Costa Do Sol on Sunday Evening, 2019

    Further reading: 
    http://www.houldsworth.co.uk/exhibition-thumbnails/little-is-enough-for-those-in-love-1579801608/1
    https://www.goodman-gallery.com/artists/cassi-namoda

    This episode is sponsored by Alighieri 
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    @alighieri_jewellery
    Use the code: TGWA for 10% off! 

    Follow us:
    Katy Hessel: @thegreatwomenartists / @katy.hessel
    Sound editing by Amber Miller (@amber_m.iller)
    Artwork by @thisisaliceskinner
    Music by Ben Wetherfield

    https://www.thegreatwomenartists.com/

    • 39 min
    Briony Fer on Eva Hesse

    Briony Fer on Eva Hesse

    In episode 30 of The Great Women Artists Podcast, Katy Hessel interviews the incredible art historian and curator, Professor Briony Fer, on the legendary EVA HESSE!!

    [This episode is brought to you by Alighieri jewellery: www.alighieri.co.uk | use the code TGWA at checkout for 10% off!]

    One of the most GROUNDBREAKING artists the world has ever seen, Eva Hesse was known for her innovative sculptures made up of synthetic materials from fibreglass, plastic, to latex. 

    Working predominantly in NYC in the 60s, despite a short-lived career, Eva worked rigorously and prolifically, challenging every sculptural convention which came before her. Particularly deconstructing the rigidity and uniformity of Minimalism. 

    A pioneering feminist artist, Hesse desired, in her own words, to “challenge the norms of beauty and order.” And that's exactly what she did. She explored the body and form, and painting and sculpture, like no one had before. She painted biomorphs with wonky grids, covered cheesecloths in latex, and celebrated materials for what they were in all their irregular glory. 

    Born to Jewish parents in Nazi Germany in 1936, Hesse's early life was traumatic. Where her extended family were horrifically transported to concentration camps, she, her sister and their parents fled to NYC, with her mother sadly committing suicide just a few years later. Hesse channelled her anxieties into her art making, studying under the likes of Josef Albers at Yale, and taking the NY art scene by storm when she was just in her late 20s and early 30s. Earning herself major solo exhibitions and critical acclaim at a time when female artists were widely overlooked, Hesse explored wonders before her premature death in 1970, aged just 34. She has since gone on to influence millions.

    This discussion with world-renowned art historian Briony Fer – an old tutor of mine from UCL!! – is one of my favourites ever. Briony speaks SO wonderfully about Eva and really goes into depth about who she was, and her fiercely experimental practice.

    I hope you enjoy!!!

    Highly recommend this fantastic documentary on Eva! https://www.evahessedoc.com/

    WORKS DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE:
    Accession
    https://www.dia.org/art/collection/object/accession-ii-47951
    Schema 
    https://www.philamuseum.org/collections/permanent/72573.html?mulR=601651032
    Drawings
    https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/hesse-untitled-t04154
    Ringaround Arosie
    https://www.moma.org/collection/works/98638
    Vertiginous Detour
    https://hirshhorn.tumblr.com/post/141099084095/eva-hesse-vertiginous-detour-1966-hesse-was-a
    Untitled or Not Yet
    https://www.sfmoma.org/artwork/97-513-a-i/
    Hang Up
    https://www.artic.edu/artworks/71396/hang-up
    Right After
    https://womennart.com/2018/02/21/right-after-by-eva-hesse/
    Repetition 19
    https://www.moma.org/learn/moma_learning/eva-hesse-repetition-nineteen-iii-1968/

    This episode is sponsored by Alighieri 
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    Use the code: TGWA for 10% off! 

    Follow us:
    Katy Hessel: @thegreatwomenartists / @katy.hessel
    Sound editing by Amber Miller (@amber_m.iller)
    Artwork by @thisisaliceskinner
    Music by Ben Wetherfield

    https://www.thegreatwomenartists.com/

    • 47 min
    Helene Love-Allotey, Chloe Austin, Emi Eleode

    Helene Love-Allotey, Chloe Austin, Emi Eleode

    In episode 29 of The Great Women Artists Podcast, Katy Hessel interviews THREE brilliant guests: African Art specialist, Helene Love-Allotey, art historian and curator-in-training Chloe Austin, and creator of @arthistorytalks, Emi Eleode. 

    Last week, six exciting young names in art celebrating Black culture took over @thegreatwomenartists Instagram account. To honour this takeover, this episode, as well as last week's, feature interviews with all six women about their practice and work. 

    And WOW. Were these women were absolutely incredible to speak with.

    First up we have Helene Love-Allotey who speaks in depth about her love for the great British artist, Lubaina Himid, and her experience visiting Himid's very moving and important exhibition "Meticulous Observations and Naming the Money". Housed at Liverpool's Walker Art Gallery, this show highlighted how Europe’s wealthy classes spent their money in the 19th century by using enslaved African men and women, which Himid awkwardly and unapologetically portrays in vibrant cut-out sculptures placed amongst the white and male-dominated permanent collection.
    See more: 
    https://www.artscouncilcollection.org.uk/exhibition/lubaina-himid-meticulous-observations-and-naming-money
    @helenaloveallotey

    Next up is the great Chloe Austin, a curator-in-training at London's Barbican Centre, and Institute of the International Visual Arts (Iniva), a radical visual arts organisation dedicated to developing an artistic programme that reflects on the social and political impact of globalisation, in which we speak at length about. We also discuss the institutions' position and reaction to this movement, as well as the three brilliant artists Deborah Findlater, Rosa-Johan Uddoh, and Elsa James. 
    See more:
    https://iniva.org/
    https://iniva.org/programme/projects/chatting-in-the-stacks/
    https://chloesinternalmonologue.wordpress.com/2020/06/06/black-boxes/
    @chloejaaay 

    And we end with the wonderful Emi Eleode, founder of the Instagram @arthistorytalks, a page that spotlights 4–5 artists from a non-Western country each month. We discuss her own work that plays on art history, her research into the history of dance as a ritual in Brazil, as well as artists Delphine Diallo and Amrita Sher-Gil. 

    This is one of my favourite episodes EVER of The Great Women Artists Podcast so I hope you enjoy!

    This episode is sponsored by Alighieri 
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    @alighieri_jewellery
    Use the code: TGWA for 10% off! 

    Follow us:
    Katy Hessel: @thegreatwomenartists / @katy.hessel
    Sound editing by Amber Miller (@amber_m.iller)

    https://www.thegreatwomenartists.com/

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Nengi Omuku, Alayo Akinkugbe, Michaela Yearwood-Dan

    Nengi Omuku, Alayo Akinkugbe, Michaela Yearwood-Dan

    In episode 28 of The Great Women Artists Podcast, Katy Hessel interviews THREE brilliant guests: Lagos-based artist, Nengi Omuku, founder of @ablackhistoryofart Alayo Akinkugbe, and the amazing London-based artist, Michaela Yearwood-Dan.

    Over the past six days some of the most exciting young names in art celebrating Black culture have been taking over @thegreatwomenartists Instagram account. To honour this takeover, this episode, and the next one will feature interviews with all six women about their practice and work. 

    And WOW. Were these women completely incredible to speak with. We first speak to Nengi Omuku, the Slade BA and MA graduate whose work explores perceptions of race and gender, protest and notions of collective mourning, dealing with the coping mechanisms the body develops in order to be present. We speak at length about her aim to paint the mind capturing psychological notions in her sitters, as well as her interest in art as therapy.
    See more: http://www.nengiomuku.com/ + @nengiomuku   
    Works discussed: Funke, Nearing, Gathering, Male

    Next up is the great Alayo Akinkugbe, the 19 year-old History of Art student at Cambridge University who created the Instagram, @ablackhistoryofart which highlights overlooked artists, sitters, curators, and thinkers from history to the present day. We discuss Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Faith Ringgold, as well as her participation in Decolonising Art History at Cambridge.
    See more: @ablackhistoryofart

    And wow, we end with the sensational, Michaela Yeawood-Dan. One of the MOST exciting and phenomenal young artists working in London right now, known for her incredibly beautiful, playful, vibrant and sometimes thick impastoed canvases that explore themes around class, culture, gender and nature. We speak about the artists' work and practice, in particular the text behind her work, and of course her love for the great Carrie Mae Weems.
    See more: http://michaelayearwood-dan.com/ + @artistandgal 

    This is one of my favourite episodes EVER of The Great Women Artists Podcast so I hope you enjoy!

    This episode is sponsored by Alighieri 
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    Use the code: TGWA for 10% off! 

    50% of ad revenue for this episode will be donated to the Stephen Lawrence Trust, Black Minds Matter, Black Lives Matter UK, and The Marsha P Johnson Institute. 

    Follow us:
    Katy Hessel: @thegreatwomenartists / @katy.hessel
    Sound editing by Amber Miller (@amber_m.iller)

    https://www.thegreatwomenartists.com/

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Deborah Roberts

    Deborah Roberts

    In Episode 27 of The Great Women Artists Podcast, Katy Hessel interviews the phenomenal artist, DEBORAH ROBERTS!! 

    [This episode is brought to you by Alighieri jewellery: www.alighieri.co.uk | use the code TGWA at checkout for 10% off!]

    The MOST entertaining guest, the Austin-born and based Deborah is known for combining collage with mixed media in her figurative works that depict the complexity of black subjecthood, and explore themes of race, identity, and gender politics. 

    By using collage, she reflects the beauty, strength, and power but also challenges encountered by young black children, as they strive to build their identity, particularly as they respond to preconceived social constructs perpetuated by the black community.

    "With collage I can create a more expansive and inclusive view of the black experience." Inspired by Wangechi Mutu and Hannah Höch, Roberts combines a range of different facial features – from James Baldwin to Rihanna – as well skin tones, hairstyles, and a myriad of vibrant outfits.

    One of the leading artists in America, being in the collections of the Whitney to SF MoMA, the ICA Boston, Studio Museum, Brooklyn Museum, it has only been in the past few years that Roberts has gained the recognition she rightly deserves.

    i LOVED recording this episode so much. Not only was Deborah hilarious and brilliant, but we also speak about the very serious and very present underlying matters in her work, and how, through art she is helping to rectify the portrayal of young children of colour in the media, and in history.

    Deborah is a genius, so please do enjoy this episode!! 


    FURTHER LINKS:
    Follow Deborah on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rdeborah191/?hl=en
    https://www.stephenfriedman.com/artists/51-deborah-roberts/
    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/12/arts/design/deborah-roberts-artist-virus-austin.html

    This episode is sponsored by Alighieri 
    https://alighieri.co.uk/
    @alighieri_jewellery
    Use the code: TGWA for 10% off! 

    Follow us:
    Katy Hessel: @thegreatwomenartists / @katy.hessel
    Sound editing by Amber Miller (@amber_m.iller)
    Artwork by @thisisaliceskinner
    Music by Ben Wetherfield

    https://www.thegreatwomenartists.com/

    • 48 min
    Flora Yukhnovich

    Flora Yukhnovich

    In Episode 26 of The Great Women Artists Podcast, Katy Hessel interviews the highly-acclaimed, sensation of a painter, FLORA YUKHNOVICH!

    [This episode is brought to you by Alighieri jewellery: www.alighieri.co.uk | use the code TGWA at checkout for 10% off!]

    And WOW was it an honour to interview Flora at her studio (the week before lockdown!) and discuss in-depth her INCREDIBLE works that adopt the language of the Rococo, reimagining the DYNAMISM of works by 18th century artists such as Tiepolo to Fragonard!

    Fusing high and low cultures through a filter of contemporary Cultural references, including film, food, and music videos – think Katy Perry to Niki Minaj! – Flora brings in painterly traditions in a more consciously feminine realm by featuring wisps of millennial pinks and purples.

    Variation is a driving force with mark making ranging from delicate flourishes through dramatic and gestural brushstrokes heightening the rhythmic sensuality that play that conjure up in her MASTERPIECES.

    Since graduating from City and Guilds in 2017, Flora has gone on to exhibited widely – including at the likes of Leeds Art Gallery, Parafin, Jerwood Gallery, as well as completing the Great Women Artists residency at Palazzo Monti (!) and has a current (now online!) exhibition at VICTORIA MIRO! Check it out: 

    https://www.victoria-miro.com/exhibitions/558/

    In this episode we uncover Flora's meticulous process, her references, beginnings as an artist, and her love for the Rococo – as well as such an insight into its history. Wow. 

    We also discuss her experience living in Venice, where she visited the Tiepolos on a daily basis, and reimagined them in her masterpieces!!! 

    Flora is a GENIUS, and one of the most highly regarded young painters in the WORLD right now, so please do enjoy this episode! 

    This episode is sponsored by Alighieri 
    https://alighieri.co.uk/
    @alighieri_jewellery
    Use the code: TGWA for 10% off! 

    Follow us:
    Katy Hessel: @thegreatwomenartists / @katy.hessel
    Sound editing by Amber Miller (@amber_m.iller)
    Artwork by @thisisaliceskinner
    Music by Ben Wetherfield

    https://www.thegreatwomenartists.com/

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

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168 Ratings

168 Ratings

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Eva Hesse

Have loved finding out more and more about this extraordinary artist’s short life. Can you give the title of the book mentioned please.

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Wonderful and Inspiring

Wonderful podcast! I am an artist and I listen as a I paint! Love the mix of new artists and artists from history! Keep it up!

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Incredible podcast

Very interesting topics, in depth conversations with a variety of inspiring women from different sectors of the arts. Could listen to this all day !!!
Just brilliant!

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