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Reimagining the Female Nude: Lisa Brice at Tate Britain

"Untitled," 2018, Lisa Brice (b.1968) Ink on giclée pink on photo paper, 412 x 224 mm
(Courtesy of Lisa Brice© Lisa Brice )

In her work, artist Lisa Brice has always strived to reimagine the role of women as subjects in art. Her updated and transformed female nudes can now be seen in London as Tate Britain hosts Brice’s work as part of its Art Now series. The London based South African artist is displaying some of her recent large-scale paintings in the show “Art Now: Lisa Brice,” until August 27, 2018.

"Brice’s work depicts women, either alone or in groups, chatting, making themselves up, getting dressed, undressing or escaping the heat of the sun for a beer or a cigarette. Brice captures these women in moments of down-time, engaged in a private world, performing everyday rituals. In so doing, Brice reverses the traditional portrayal of passive female figures by male artists for male viewers and returns power to the women involved. Brice’s heroines are sometimes introspective, yet are never passive. They appear to display themselves on their own terms and for their own pleasure, forcing the viewer to confront their status as an intruder rather than a benign voyeur. Formal devices such as mirrors and windows contribute to the compelling sense of depth and space. The women’s poses often nod to art historical sources, such as the work of Degas, Manet, Picasso and Vallotton. Several paintings will draw on or respond to Tate’s collection, including a new work which takes the form of a resurrected version of John Everett Millais’ ‘Ophelia,’" the museum says.

Within her substantial body of work, Brice often makes use of a distinctive blue color palette, to create a sense of distance from the intimacy of the scene. Shown alongside her large-scale paintings is a selection of the artist’s sketches and drawings. The exhibition examines how Brice’s paintings “recast female subjects from art historical paintings, photographs and the media into new environments, imbuing them with a newfound sense of self possession,” the museum says.

Lisa Brice majored in painting from the at Michaelis School of Fine Art, UCT. She had her first solo show in 1993, and since then, has held a number of exhibitions in South Africa, Germany, Belgium, United Kingdom and the United States.

The exhibition will be on view through August 27, 2018 at  Tate Britain, Millbank, Westminster, London SW1P 4RG, UK. After that, it would be going on loan to Manchester.

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Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.

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