The Power of She: A Tribute to Women in the Arts

Claudel, Camille L'Implorante

The Power of She: A Tribute to Women in the Arts
Bowman Sculpture X Guerin Projects
5th May – 16th June 2023
Bowman Sculpture
6 Duke Street St James’s
London SW1Y 6BN

To celebrate Women’s History Month 2023 and showcase some of the most important 18th and 19th century, Modern and Contemporary women artists, Bowman Sculpture and Guerin Projects, have announced ‘The Power of She: A Tribute to Women in the Arts’. ‘The Power of She’ celebrates women in the arts and will bring together a diverse selection of artworks across different mediums.

The exhibition will feature 14 artists from the 18th century through to the present day and will explore a multitude of themes from the silent history of female artists, women’s current role in society, to humanity’s relationship with nature and the human condition. The exhibition will be held at Bowman Sculpture’s iconic gallery space in the heart of St James’s, London, from 5th May to 16th June 2023, and has been conceived by women for women.

The Power of She: A Tribute to Women in the Arts
Marie-Claudine Llamas and Mica Bowman photographed
by James D. Kelly

The Power of She: A tribute to Women in the Arts’ is a ground-breaking curatorial initiative from a duo of accomplished women curators: Marie-Claudine Llamas (Guerin Projects) and Mica Bowman (Bowman Sculpture). This exhibition will feature some of the most exciting 19th century and modern sculptors including: Camille Claudel, Elizabeth Frink and Barbara Hepworth, juxtaposed with leading contemporary artists including Emily Young, Lily Lewis and Pauline Amos. Celebrating the contemporary, the modern and the timeless, the curation of this exhibition will encourage a dialogue between the historical and the contemporary in a frank and thought-provoking manner.

Hepworth, Dame Barbara – Disc with Strings (Sun)-

While the exhibition will focus on works of art, the 6-week program will include a performance by Natascha Mair, Prima Ballerina of the English National Ballet, female musicians and DJ’s, talks from several artists involved, including Emily Young, described by the Financial Times as “Britain’s greatest living stone sculptor” as well as a special talk from New York gallerist Hong Gyu Shin, who rediscovered two 20th-century female artists – Carla Prina (1950s) and Else-Fischer-Hansen (1960s) and brought them into museum collections.

Emily Young, 'Quiet Speleothem Head’, 2022
Emily Young, ‘Quiet Speleothem Head’, 2022 

Helmed by 2 women curators passionate about providing a platform for female creativity, the exhibition will take place in Mayfair, the epicentre of what has traditionally been a male-dominated art world, ‘The Power of She’ promises to shake up the patriarchy. Marie Claudine and Mica are at the forefront of a handover of the curatorial baton to a new generation, with this passion project designed to put women artists front and centre.

Mica Bowman: The overarching theme that ties everything together in this show is about women’s voices: those women from earlier centuries or even decades whose voices may not have been heard or appreciated during their own lifetimes, and those of the living artists we are working with who do have a voice. While I cannot say that we are living in a world currently where all women’s voices are heard, although much progress has been made, especially in recent years, we feel it is important to continue to address the subject of inequality and to remember the women that came before us.

The exhibition’s venue – Bowman Sculpture – is a gallery which specialises in sculpture from 1860 to the present day and is the foremost gallery in the world for sculpture by Auguste Rodin. Mica Bowman is breathing some fresh air and a new perspective into the traditional sculpture gallery, which was founded by her parents Robert and Michele Bowman in 1993. Robert Bowman is an esteemed 19th century sculpture authority and appointed sculpture expert to the UK government.

Marie-Claudine Llamas: With ‘The Power of She’ we are addressing the representation of womanhood by women through the centuries. The exhibition will describe the different states, chapters and aspects which a woman goes through during the course of her life. This exhibition is about generosity of curation, it is highly expansive and introspective, offering the viewer a diverse view of the subject matter across media forms, including sculpture, painting, drawing, poetry and performative arts.

Lily Lewis

Although the gallery is known for procuring the finest examples of works by Rodin available on the market, the gallery also deals in works by Camille Claudel whose work will be featured in ‘The Power of She’. Perhaps most widely known for her controversial and tragic love affair with Rodin, which has been highlighted in two films and several books, Claudel now has her own museum, the Camille Claudel Museum in Nogent-sur-Seine, and her works are considered integral to any serious collection of sculpture from this period. Despite the fact that her work is now fully acknowledged by the art world today, Claudel faced many barriers as an artist but more importantly as a woman at the turn of the century.

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