Making Sense of Abstraction

Contemporary Artists in Conversation

  • Elaine de Kooning The Bull 1959 (1)

    Elaine de Kooning, The Bull, 1959, Acrylic and collage on Masonite. Courtesy The Christian Levett Collection © EdeK Trust

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This event was on 9 March | 7pm

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Making Sense of Abstraction

9 March | 7pm | £5

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Join art historian Ferren Gipson, in conversation with painters Flora Yukhnovich and Michaela Yearwood-Dan. In dialogue with the exhibition Action, Gesture, Paint, the discussion unpacks painterly processes and explores the languages of contemporary abstraction. 

About Ferren Gipson

Ferren Gipson is a British-American art historian, writer, and textile artist. Her words can be found across mediums, including her books The Ultimate Art Museum (Phaidon) and Women’s Work (Frances Lincoln); articles in the Financial Times and WeTransfer’s online magazine WePresent; and the visual arts podcast Art Matters. She is a strong advocate for broadening the audience for art historical content, and topics in her research include explorations of the intersections between art and popular culture, highlighting the work of marginalised artists, and researching political themes in modern Chinese art. She has also delivered talks and hosted interviews for brands and institutions, including Tate, Esquire Magazine, National Gallery, The Design Museum and more. Within her textile art practice, she explores themes of labour, matrilineal connections, materiality, and colour. She is currently a doctoral researcher at SOAS, University of London.

About Michaela Yearwood-Dan

Born in 1994, London, UK, Michaela Yearwood-Dan lives and works in London, UK. Yearwood-Dan’s work reflects on subjectivity and individual identity as forms of self-determination. 

Recent exhibitions include In Our Time: Selections From The Singer Collection, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, Arizona (2022); Black Abstractionists: From Then ‘til Now, Green Family Art Foundation, Dallas. TX (2022); Let me Hold You, Queer Circle, London, UK (solo – 2022); The Sweetest Taboo, Tiwani Contemporary, London, UK (solo – 2022); Women of Now: Dialogues of Memory, Place & Identity, Green Family Art Foundation, Dallas, TX (2021), Art, a serious game, Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden (MACAAL), Marrakech, Morocco (2021); Laced, New Art Exchange, Nottingham, UK (group – 2021); Summer exhibition, Royal Academy, London, UK (group- 2021); Be Gentle With Me, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York (solo – 2021).


About Flora Yukhnovich 

Born in 1990, Flora Yukhnovich completed her MA at the City & Guilds of London Art School in 2017. She had her first solo exhibition at Brocket, London, in December 2017 and has exhibited at Parafin, London, GASK, the Gallery of the Central Bohemian Region, Czech Republic, the Jerwood Gallery Hastings and at Blenheim Walk Gallery, Leeds Arts University, UK.

Collections include the Government Art Collection and Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. In 2018 she completed The Great Women Artists Residency at Palazzo Monti, Brescia, Italy.

In 2023 Yukhnovich will be the first artist to take part in a new series of solo exhibitions responding to the collections of The Ashmolean, Oxford, titled Ashmolean NOW.