More than a dozen exhibitions, most in and around London, are showcasing the work of black female artists this summer. Presented at museums, nonprofits, and commercial galleries, many of the shows are breaking new ground for the artists, who span generations. Faith Ringgold at Serpentine Galleries is making her European institutional solo debut and Deborah Roberts at Stephen Friedman Gallery is presenting her first-ever European solo exhibition. At Victoria Miro Mayfair, Howardena Pindell is showing for the first time in the UK. Claudette Johnson has her first solo institutional show in nearly three decades at Modern Art Oxford (about two hours from London). 2017 Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid is featured at Hollybush Gardens and Helen Cammock, who is shortlisted for the 2019 Turner Prize, is presenting her Max Mara Prize exhibition at Whitechapel Gallery. Autograph has exhibitions dedicated to photographers Lola Flash and Maxine Walker. Meanwhile, Liz Johnson Artur’s photographs are on view at South London Gallery. Current exhibitions include the following:
Howardena Pindell @ Victoria Miro Mayfair, London | June 5-July 27, 2019
After joining Victoria Miro in January, Howardena Pindell is having her first UK solo exhibition at the gallery, which describes her as “a leading contributor to contemporary dialogues around the social and political urgency of process-driven art.” The New York City-based American artist is showing large-scale spray painted canvases from the early 1970s and newer three-dimensional works made since 2007 that are composed of her signature circular chads.
– Victoria L. Valentine