How She Looks is a new online exhibition investigating how four of the curated art platform’s female artists reclaim the subject of the female nude through their work.
It launches on 8th March, to coincide with International Women’s Day and a new exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts entitled The Renaissance Nude – which traces the development of the nude through some of the great masters of the Renaissance.
The exhibition invites the viewer to consider not ‘how she looks’, in regards to the subject merely acting as a passive object to be observed, but rather how she looks, ‘she’ being the active female artist.
Contemporary artists Hester Finch, Venetia Berry, Alexandria Coe and Fee Greening have created new original works exploring the female gaze, exclusively for online art gallery, Partnership Editions, which is staging the exhibition.
“The female body has historically been depicted as an object of desire by male painters employing a ‘male gaze’,” explains Georgia Spray, founder of Partnership Editions, and the exhibition’s curator.
“In How She Looks, female artists make reference to the Renaissance nude in her many guises – as Venus, Madonna, The Three Graces or as Eve, but with a new approach, freshness, and most importantly, a new ‘look’.”
In addition, on 14th March, journalist, broadcaster and podcast co-host Pandora Sykes will host a panel discussion with Partnership Editions, at the Royal Academy of Arts.
The talk, which is in collaboration with dating site, Bumble, will investigate the Female Gaze in Contemporary Art & Culture.
“At Bumble, we believe in the power of sisterhood – supporting each other to feel empowered and more confident to go after whatever it is you want in life,” says a spokesperson for Bumble.
Tickets, £12 (booking necessary via www.partnershipeditions.com from 28 February); Thursday 14 March, 6.30pm – 8.30pm; the Royal Academy of Arts, Gallery X, Burlington House entrance, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BD.