Concerned with questions of craftsmanship, modernity, design and the vernacular, Portuguese artist Leonor Antunes is joined by art historian Briony Fer to discuss her work, on the occasion of her new commission the frisson of the togetherness.
Antunes work is informed by traditional crafts and the histories of female figures within art, design and architectural history. Together they consider critical questions in Antunes practice, alongside the historical references made to figures such as Mary Martin (1907–69) and Brazilian artist Lucia Nogueira (1950–98).
Supported by Dasha Shenkman.
Leonor Antunes (b. 1972, Lisbon) has risen to prominence in recent years with important solo exhibitions at the Tensta Konsthall, Tensta, Stockholm (2017), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco (2016), New Museum, New York (2015), Museum Serralves, Porto (2011 & 2016), Kunsthalle Basel, Basel (2013) and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (2011). Her work has been included in major international exhibitions including Viva Arte Viva, the 57th Venice Biennale (2017), the 12th Sharjah Biennial (2015), the 8th Berlin Biennale (2014) and the Singapore Biennial (2011). She studied sculpture at the University of Lisbon and Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Kunste, Karlsruhe. She lives and works in Berlin.
Briony Fer is Professor of History of Art. She graduated from Sussex University with BA Hons in History of Art (major) with French (minor) in 1979. She then went on to the Department of History of History and Theory of Art at Essex University where her doctoral research on the Russian and French avant-gardes was supervised by Professor Dawn Ades and Professor Michael Podro. She was awarded her PhD in 1988. In 1980 she joined the History of Art Department at the Open University as a Lecturer working on groundbreaking courses there and publishing essays in the Modernity and Modernism textbooks, published jointly by the Open University and Yale University Press in 1993. She joined University College in 1990 and was made a Reader in 1997 and Professor in 2005. She has published extensively on 20th century and contemporary art.
3 Oct 2017 – 9 Apr 2018
Straight lines and flat planes morph into looping and twisting volumes and sculptural reliefs in the new commission by Leonor Antunes.