Thérèse Oulton – Elsewhere, Marlborough Fine Art, 6 Albemarle Street, LondonW1, until 27th September 2014
These are unsettling images for the viewer who looks upon the artist’s meticulously painted landscapes does not feel part of them but rather as if they are drifting away into unknown space and time but the “cool” edginess of the works makes one want to linger and focus as long as we can before they disappear from view.
One could certainly think that this is a reflection of our world today and I am sure that thought may not be one we want to dwell on too long.
WOMEN IN DARK TIMES
Published by Bloomsbury – 12 September 2014
Hardback £20 – eBook £17.99
It was quite right that this challenging new book should have been promoted at Marlborough Fine Art because artist Thérèse Oulton is the subject of the last chapter.
It is partly political, partly psychoanalytic and a partly personal view of a new template for feminism. From the last century Rose looks at Rosa Luxemburg (revolutionary), Charlotte Salomon (artist) and Marilyn Monroe, with figures from this century Shafilea Ahmed, Fadime Sahindal and Heshu Yones (honour killing) and three contemporary artists – Esther Shalev-Gerz, Yael Bartana and Thérèse Oulton who represent feminism of our time. By looking at the dark times in their lives she offers a new path.
It is, as Helena Kennedy QC says, ‘a clarion call for us all, men and women, to be bolder and brasher in our advocacy for change but also more willing to embrace our own contradictions’
Do read it!