Top 3 Female Artists to Watch: Wermers, Ekblad, Mitchell

Infrastruktur 2015 Installation view / © Herald St, London

NICOLE WERMERS

The installation “Infrastructure” from artist Nicole Wermers hits a proud 690 entries on Instagram and despite her nomination she did not win the Turner Prize 2015. In this work, cantilever chairs have been placed in a spacious room with a concrete floor, vintage fur coats are thrown across the backs of the chairs. Is the wearer marking their territory? What chances does one have to claim room for themselves in public spaces? This video from TateShots is an opportunity to gain more insight into Wermers’ artistic creations.

Ida Ekblad

It’s no wonder that Wermers was seen at the Art Basel Miami booth of Galerie Herald St next to a work from Ida Ekblad. The Norwegian artist, born 1980 in Oslo, currently graces the cover of Monopol magazine and not long ago could be seen in the first edition of Springer’s art publication Blau. Elements of graffiti, junkyard aesthetics and wildly vivid plays of color dominate her paintings. “For me, painting is a combination of rhythm, poetry, scent and feeling…” she said in the interview with Elke Buhr. We believed her immediately.

Joan Mitchell

Anyone who thought that art from the early 21st century is dominated solely by Jackson Pollock and a few other male Abstract Expressionists will be enlightened by the current exhibition at Cologne’s Museum Ludwig. A retrospective of Joan Mitchell will be on display through February 21 with about 30 works and other materials from the artist, who managed to produce a remarkable oeuvre in close proximity to the New York School with her own unique approach. Numerous paintings were created somewhere between emotion and calculation, mainly dealing with nature and its phenomena, including landscapes, light and water. This short video portrait reveals more. The artist never saw herself in competition with men, as she emphasizes in her only major video interview. The museum also has the interview playing in its very own room within the context of the exhibition. Worth seeing and hearing!

 

Joan Mitchell on the hammock with Georges du Soleil, ca. 1954 ©Collection of the Joan Mitchell Foundation / Photo: Barney Rosset