1927–42. Karsten was giving out gingerbread men to all the gallerists. Jacques maintains that her focus is talent rather than gender. Jacques’s aim was to reposition Tanning as something far more than Max Ernst’s ex-wife. She found out that Tanning was still alive and contacted her foundation. “A tiny stained-glass painting. You’ve just got to put energy into it”. She wasn’t looking for a gallery. “Dorothea was, I think, 100. At the time, the American photographic artist was not being shown in museums. Working directly with women in the later stages of their careers, or posthumously with their families and estates, Jacques has a superlative eye, and a tenacity that’s inspiring. “There is a formula. It was exquisite,” Jacques recalls. But if you really want something and you search for it, you will find someone, somewhere who can put you in touch with someone else who opens a door,” Jacques says of her experience. Jacques’s hard work helped to get Tanning a well-deserved retrospective at the Tate Modern last year. • Lenore Tawney, 1961, Staten Island Museum, New York, text by James Coggin and Agnes Martin. When she started her own eponymous space, collectors Charles Saatchi and Jerry Speyer stopped by on her first day and promised their support. It’s a similar story with Betty Parsons, the late New York gallerist celebrated for championing new American painting by the likes of Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock, but whose success often overshadowed her own role as an artist. Francesca Gavin. At that time, Hicks was seen more as an artist existing in the design realm. Her first client was Charles Asprey, whom she met at an opening, and who bought a work by abstract painter Ian Davenport. There was something in the air. Skip to content The Foundation Born in Lorain, OH, daughter of Sarah Jennings and William Gallagher. “It was fun. Lenore Tawney (left) with her mother and siblings, Lorain, OH, ca. I need to know curators and collectors will respond to the work,” she says. Tanning, for example, with Louise Bourgeois, Sarah Lucas and Jenny Saville. This autumn saw a solo exhibition of the late African-American photographer Gordon Parks, following a stunning solo booth at Frieze Masters last October. It starts with my passion and belief in the work. 1927. She wasn’t looking for a gallery. “A lot of well-known gallerists in New York had tried for years to get through to the Clark family and had been met with silence,” she says. In her 20s, a postgraduate curating course in Prato led to a placement at the Kunstverein Düsseldorf, where then-director Jiri Svestka saw her potential and charged her with curating light-installation artist James Turrell’s first travelling show. Dorothea Tanning was 100. Jacques was also able to capitalise on the fact that there wasn’t a strong market for a generation of older female artists when approaching Lygia Clark’s estate. She was too beautiful. “It was difficult to find her work and see in the flesh. “Dorothea was, I think, 100. Thanks to her, many previously under-the-radar artists are being given major international shows, including Brazilian painter and installation artist Lygia Clark at the Guggenheim Bilbao this autumn; textural artist Sheila Hicks at the Hepworth Wakefield next year; and Slovakian sculptor Maria Bartuszová at Tate Modern next November. Moves to Chicago. Jacques’s mix of instinct, opportunism and luck has deep roots. Maria Bartuszová, for example, is a Slovakian artist who, during her lifetime, made distinctive, organic-looking white plaster sculptures, which currently sell for between €65,000 and €700,000. She found out that Tanning was still alive and contacted her foundation. Eventually I was allowed to go in.” She spotted some collages at the back of a hallway that had rarely been shown. “Wilke had had a rough ride even from her contemporaries in the ’70s. Jacques will stage a delayed centennial exhibition in her own gallery next spring, featuring collages, gouaches on paper from $220,000, paintings from $1.7m and sculptures, including Bicho (Creature) pieces, from $1.2m. “Maybe it’s a bit idealistic, but I believe that if an artist is truly great then they will get there if given the right platform. A personal, hidden poetry transfuses it, whether the medium is fiber, collage, assemblage, or postcard. Lenore Tawney (1907 - 2007) was an American artist known for her groundbreaking work in fiber as well as for her drawings, collages, and assemblages. One of the most important South American abstract artists to emerge in the 1950s, Clark had not shown extensively outside Brazil, partly due to complicated terms with purchasing and export. “One thing that unites all my artists, be they male or female, dead or alive, is they all have their own voice.”, On 18 November 2020 this article was emended to say “Sheila Hicks” rather than the “late Sheila Hicks”, Get alerts on Visual Arts when a new story is published, Alison Jacques is bringing a wave of marginalised artists who never “got their dues” to international glory, The super-gallerist putting women in the picture, ‘It’s finally got to rural America’: coronavirus surges in the Dakotas, UK dismisses ‘derisory’ EU fishing offer ahead of last-ditch trade talks, Saudi Arabia seeks to resolve Qatar crisis as ‘gift’ to Joe Biden, North Korea executes forex trader as Kim tightens grip on economy, McDonald’s Chris Kempczinski: ‘Our menu is very Darwinian’, Global stocks close in on best-ever month, Delta and Alitalia to launch ‘quarantine free’ flights from US to Italy, HSBC considers exit from US retail banking, How AstraZeneca and Oxford found their vaccine under fire, Quintessentially concierge service set up escort agency’s website, Philip Green’s Arcadia on brink of collapse, Doubts raised over AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine data, Investors right to see through the gloom to economic upturn, The risks in the power of stock market indices, What Mrs Watanabe can tell us about how to handle low returns, ‘Citgo 6’ oil executives found guilty in Venezuela, Goldman leads Wall Street bulls as markets ride high, ‘Boy, did we screw up’: 12 rules for repentance, What the dream hoarders get wrong about parenting, No-deal Brexit is the UK’s biggest economic threat, not Covid, The grown-ups are back in charge in Washington, Vaccines not politics are driving the soaring markets, It’s a wrap: the FT Magazine’s Christmas gift guide, ‘My brain is in a war it will lose’ — writing with Huntington's disease, a well-deserved retrospective at the Tate Modern last year, African-American photographer Gordon Parks. “The curators came and could visualise the works in a museum. It was fantastic,” says Jacques. In 2010, she spotted a small, forgotten Dorothea Tanning work in MoMA. After a curating stint at the British School in Rome, Jacques teamed up with Asprey and in 1998 they opened their gallery, which ran for seven years. I just kept knocking on the door”. Many of the artists Jacques has added to her roster have yet to gain widespread recognition. Creates “woven forms”Moves to Thomas Street, and then to Beekman Street, New York, Twenty-two of Tawney’s new “woven forms” are exhibited in the seminal, Begins work in collage and assemblage; creates first postcard collages, Travels throughout Far East to Japan and Thailand, with extended stay in India, Moves to East 4th Street, New YorkMeets Swami Muktananda, Integrates weaving and paper collageTravels to Guatemala, Elected Fellow of American Craftsmen’s Council (inaugural group), Moves to Quakertown, NJReceives General Services Administration commission for lobby of Santa Rosa Federal Building, Santa Rosa, CA, Artist-in-residence, University of Notre Dame, IN, Receives National Endowment for the Arts Craftsman’s Fellowship Grant, Artist-in-residence, Fabric Workshop, Philadelphia, PATravels to Taiwan and India, Distinguished Lecturer, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZReceives American Craft Council’s Gold Medal Award, Awarded Honorary Doctorate Degree, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MDInstallation of, Receives Master of the Medium Award, Renwick Alliance, Washington, DC, Receives Visionaries Award, American Craft Museum (now Museum of Arts and Design), New York, NY. 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