Pippy Houldsworth Gallery will present works that initiate a cross-generational dialogue, reflecting the focus of the programme as a whole. The key threads running through the presentation will be the intertwined notions of identity, history and memory, and the ways that artists approach these enduring concerns. Those of the older generation – Jacqueline de Jong, Mary Kelly, and Ming Smith – have each been leaders within activist communities and their work draws upon this experience, from participation in artist collectives, to organised protest and radical publications. Within their practices the artists of the younger generation – Jadé Fadojutimi, Stefanie Heinze, Wangari Mathenge and Phumelele Tshabalala – respond to these achievements, drawing on the context of a world increasingly connected and saturated with information. On show will be rare early paintings, photography, and drawings alongside new works made specifically for the fair.
Jadé Fadojutimi (b. 1993) lives and works in London. Pippy Houldsworth Gallery took on representation of the artist following her MA degree show at the Royal College of Art, London in 2017. Fadojutimi’s first solo exhibition in a UK public institution was at PEER UK, London in 2019. Other recent solo exhibitions include Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London (2017) and Gisela Capitain, Cologne (2019). Collections include TATE, ICA Miami; Joyner/Giuffrida Collection, San Francisco; Rachofsky Collection, Dallas; Sammlung Scharpff, Bonn, and the Hort Family Collection, New York. Upcoming exhibitions include Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London (2020); The Liverpool Biennial (2021) and Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (2021).
Stefanie Heinze (b. 1987, Berlin) is represented by Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London; Capitain Petzel, Berlin and LC Queisser, Tbilisi. In 2016 she undertook the residency program at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Recent public exhibitions include Deichtorhallen, Hamburg and Sammlung Philara, Dusseldorf. Upcoming exhibitions include Petzel Gallery, New York (2020) and Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London (2021). Her work is held in the collections of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden and Marguerite Hoffman, Dallas.
Jacqueline de Jong (b. 1939, Hengelo, The Netherlands) is widely known for her participation in the European avant-garde of the 1960s and her continuing contribution to painting. In 2011 the Beinecke Library of Rare Books and Manuscripts, Yale University acquired her archive. Recent solo museum exhibitions include Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2019); Musée Les Abattoirs, Toulouse (2018); Malmö Konsthall (2018). Upcoming exhibitions include a survey show at MOSTYN Contemporary Art Gallery, Wales; touring to WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels (2021), and She-Bam Pow POP Wizz! at MAMAC Nice. Collections include Centre Pompidou, Paris; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Musée les Abattoirs, Toulouse; Cobra Museum for Modern Art, Amstelveen; Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem; Museum Arnhem, Arnhem; Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Museum Jorn, Silkeborg; Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo; MONA Tasmania; Kunstmuseum Göteborg; Lenbachhaus, Munich; Rachofsky Collection, Dallas and MCCA Toronto.
Mary Kelly (b. 1941, Fort Dodge, Iowa) has made a defining contribution to the development of conceptual art and is revered for her practice that has inspired generations of artists and feminists. Recent exhibitions include a survey show at Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro and a site specific installation, Peace is the Only Shelter, for Desert X Biennale 2019, Coachella Valley. Upcoming exhibitions include Mary Kelly: To Witness The Future, Maria & Alberto De La Cruz Art Gallery, Georgetown (2020) and Breaking the Mould: Sculpture by Women since 1945, Yorkshire Sculpture (2021). Kelly’s work is held in the collections of Tate, London; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Moderna Museet, Stockholm; MOCA, Los Angeles; Arts Council England; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and many others. In 2017 Kelly’s archive was acquired by the Getty Research Institute.
Wangari Mathenge (b. Nairobi, Kenya, 1973) lives and works in Chicago. She is currently completing an MFA in Painting and Drawing at the School of The Art Institute, Chicago. The artist had her first solo exhibition, Aura of Quiet, in the project space at Roberts Projects, Los Angeles in 2019. Her work has been featured in publications including Artforum, Art of Choice, Artsy, Culture Type, Creative Boom and Riot Material.
Ming Smith (b. Columbus Ohio) was the first woman member the Kamoinge Workshop, a collective of African American photographers based in New York and the first African American woman photographer to have work acquired by The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Smith’s work is currently included in Arthur Jafa: A Series of Utterly Improbably, Yet Extraordinary Renditions, Fundacao de Serralves, Porto and Working Together: Louis Draper and the Kamoinge Workship, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. Upcoming exhibitions include Just Above Midtown, Museum of Modern Art New York (2022). Ming Smith: An Aperture Monograph will be published by Aperture Foundation this Autumn. Collections include Brooklyn Museum, New York; Detroit Institute of Arts; Philadelphia Museum of Art; National Gallery of Art, Washington; Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York; Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, Washington; Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture, Washington; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
Phumelele Tshabalala (b. 1987, Johannesburg, South Africa) lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. He studied Fine and Applied Arts at Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, specialising in Printmaking and Painting, and holds an MFA in Visual Arts from SUNY Purchase College, New York. Recent exhibitions include International Print Center, New York (2017); Pjazza Kastilija, Valetta (2017); Momenta Gallery, New York (2016) and Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, New York (2015). Tshabalala has presented artist talks at Neuberger Museum, New York (2016) and Hudson Valley Center of Contemporary Art (2015). He was selected as a finalist for the 2017 Artraker Award.