Women Artists

Girl Power: Six Online Exhibitions by Female Artists That You Can View from Home

Yasmin Ozkan 13 May 2020 min Read

Although the art world may have slowed down recently, galleries and museums are making a conscious effort to provide alternative ways to experience works. While many institutions have virtually opened up their spaces and collections, commercial galleries are also finding other ways of making their shows accessible. With an array of quality shows from established and emerging female artists, viewers can now enjoy a virtual passport to art spaces around the world. In this round-up, we highlight online hot-spots of exhibitions from female artists in New York, San Francisco, Paris and London.

Six Online Exhibitions by Female Artists

Jennifer Guidi, As I Look Into You I Begin to See Myself; Online Exhibitions by Female Artists
Jennifer Guidi, As I Look Into You I Begin to See Myself, 2019. Sand, acrylic, and oil on linen, 76 x 232 in. © Jennifer Guidi. Photo: Brica Wilcox. Courtesy Gagosian.

1. Gemini

Jennifer Guidi, My Thoughts Emerge from a Mingling of Light and Darkness (Crown)
Jennifer Guidi, My Thoughts Emerge from a Mingling of Light and Darkness (Crown), 2019 (detail). Sand, acrylic, and oil on linen, 116 x 98 in. © Jennifer Guidi. Photo: Brica Wilcox. Courtesy Gagosian.

In her first show at Gagosian’s New York space, Jennifer Guidi explores duality. Entitled Gemini, Guidi’s star sign, the show presents new paintings that explore the relationships between various dichotomies: light and dark, science and nature, East and West. Playing with the intricacies of texture, Guidi uses sand as a key material, mark-making on wet sand over an under-painting to create meditative works. Also spiritual in color, the spectrum is aligned with the seven chakras, channeling a tranquil beauty even when viewed remotely.

You can view Gemini via Gagosian’s video walkthrough of the show, running until 30 May 2020.

2. Return to Feeling

Koak, Trimmed; Online Exhibitions by Female Artists
Koak, Trimmed, 2020. Signed and dated on verso. Oil, acrylic, and graphite on muslin, 15 x 12 in. Courtesy of the artist and Altman Siegel, San Francisco.
Photo: Phil Bond.

Koak, the San Francisco based artist, presents new paintings, drawings and a sculptural work in her first solo show at Altman Siegel. In her figurative works, Koak commands the line in exploration of womanly expression. Considering the sensory concept of touch, she particularly celebrates self-touch as means of female authority. Through a distinctive style inspired by comic books, Koak’s central figure is both strong and delicate, alluring viewers throughout the show.

Since the exhibition has been extended, you can view Return to Feeling via Altman Siegel’s website throughout May.

3. Soldier of Love

Billie Zangewa, Cold shower
Billie Zangewa, Cold Shower, 2019. Embroidered silk, 107 x 101 cm. Photo: Jurie Potgiete.
© Courtesy Templon, Paris – Brussels.

In her first exhibition at Galerie Templon, Malawian artist Billie Zangewa presents her signature silk tapestries. Rich in texture and color, Zangewa’s work uses everyday life as a vehicle to challenge gender and racial issues. Creating through an autobiographical lens, Zangewa illuminates motherhood, femininity and blackness. Focusing on topics that are often overlooked as experiences to be celebrated, her figurative embroidery blends the personal and the universal in exploration of women’s multifaceted role in society.

You can view Solider of Love via Galerie Templon’s online viewing room, running until 6 June 2020.

4. Not Quite Human: Second Iteration

Hayv Kahraman, Back Bend 3; Online Exhibitions by Female Artists
Hayv Kahraman, Back Bend 3, 2020. Oil on panel, 127 x 127 cm, private collection.

In her first show at the space, Hayv Kahraman brings her army of female figures to Pilar Corrias, unveiling ten new paintings and a group of drawings. An Iraqi refugee now living in Los Angeles, Kahraman continues to explore the position of women, especially those of the diaspora. Representing the space between normative and the other, her female contortionists both invite and subvert the male gaze, arresting viewers with their striking presence and refusal of constraint.

You can view Not Quite Human via Pilar Corrias’s website, running until 14 May 2020.

5. Dwelling is the Light

Antonia Showering, Omit
Antonia Showering, Omit, 2020. Oil on canvas, 100 x 75 cm., private collection.

In light of lockdown and its developing effects, Dwelling is the Light is a group show at Timothy Taylor that explores the relationship between nature and domesticity. Curated by Katy Hessel, creator of The Great Women Artists Instagram and podcast, the show is comprised of thirteen female artists to reflect women’s historically unique perspective on the interplay between interior and exterior. Spanning various mediums, participating artists include Diane Arbus, Hope Gangloff, and Kiki Smith.

“Women—who for many centuries were simultaneously at home within but also confined to domestic spaces—retain a unique perspective on the interplay between the indoors and the unbridled freedom of the natural world.”

Katy Hessel, curator of Dwelling is the Light

You can view the last few days of Dwelling is the Light via Timothy Taylor’s online viewing room, running until 15 May 2020.

6. Worlds in Collision

Dorothea Tanning, Pounding Strong; Online Exhibitions by Female Artists
Dorothea Tanning, Pounding Strong, 1981. Oil on canvas, 208.3 x 203.2 x 3.3 cm. © Artists Rights Society, New York, and ADAGP, Paris. Courtesy of The Destina Foundation, New York, and Alison Jacques Gallery, London.

Following her highly-successful retrospective at Tate Modern last year, Alison Jacques Gallery continues to put a spotlight on Dorothea Tanning and her enthralling surrealist creations. Exhibiting this particular group of works together for the first time in the UK, produced between 1981-1989, the show focuses on Tanning’s return to New York. Stimulated by the fast-paced city life and technological advancements, Tanning produced multiple bicycle-themed works in this period. Inspired by an accident that she witnessed from her apartment, these large-scale pieces illustrate her ongoing fascination with movement and alternative realities.

As the exhibition has been extended, you can view Worlds in Collision via Alison Jacques Gallery’s virtual walkthrough.


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