Margaret Harrison

Hope, Anger & Lies

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Year 2020
Medium Graphite, watercolour, collage, and acrylic paint on paper
Dimensions 29.7 x 21 cm

About the work

The work explores hope, anger, and lies through the drawing of Minnie Mouse, collaged images of Donald Trump, and the hands of protesters holding aloft lit candles.

About the artist:

Born 1940 Wakefield, Margaret Harrison lives and works in Carlisle and San Francisco. Graduated from Carlisle College of Art (1961); Royal Academy Schools (1964); and Academy of Art, Perugia (1965).

Pioneer of British and European feminist art, Margaret Harrison questions notions of gender, identity, politics, social class, domestic violence and exploitation of women’s labor and sexuality. Over her more than 40 years working as an artist, Harrison has reported local and international cultural and political issues throughout a variety of media including drawings, oil paintings, watercolors and large installations. She uses iconography, pop art and consumer brands to reflect upon female, male and transgendered identity, often subverting with humor gender roles that society has assigned.

Harrison’s work is held in private and public collections including Tate Britain, London; Tate Modern, London; Kunsthaus, Zurich; Henry Moore Foundation, Hertfordshire; Frac Lorraine, Metz; and Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

Selected solo exhibitions include Retrospective, BPS22, Charleroi (2020); Dansersur les missiles, Frac Lorraine, Metz (2019); The Armory Show, ADN Galeria, New York (2019); It Hasn’t Changed: And Babies?, ADN Galeria (Barcelona Gallery Weekend), Barcelona (2018); Artissima, ADN Galeria, Torino (2018); Margaret Harrison. Dialogues between sex, class and violence, Azkuna Zentroa, Bilbao (2017); Margaret Harrison: Accumulations, MiMA, Middlesbrough (2015); We are Them, They are Us, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast (2015); and Margaret Harrison and Conrad Atkinson, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York (2015). Selected group exhibitions include Summer exhibition 2020, Royal Academy of Arts, London (2020); She, the eye, the finger, the hand, ADN Galeria, Barcelona (2020); La Colère de Ludd, BPS22, Charleroi (2020); 5994 is just a number, ADN Galeria, Barcelona (2019); FEMINISMS!, Centre de Cultura Contemporanea CCCB, Barcelona (2019); ARCO, ADN Galeria, Madrid (2019); Still I Rise, Nottingham Contemporary (2018); Women Power Protest, Birmingham Museum & Art gallery (2018); Reprise: Summer Show 2018, Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York (2018); Woman. The Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970’s, SAMMLUNG VERBUND Collection, Stavanger Art Museum Art, Brussels and touring (2018); Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender and Identity, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (2017); and Art on the Front Lines, Ronald Felman Fine Arts, New York (2017).

Awards include Visual Artist of the Year: Cumbria Life Culture Awards (2017); Northern Art Prize, England (2013); Paul Hamlyn Artist Award (2013); and Fellow, Humanities Institute, University of California, Davis (1993).

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