Coral Woodbury in-conversation with Beth Greenacre

Summer Term, sees the return of the Royal Drawing School's Creative Conversations; dialogues between artists, curators and writers. Lectures are held on Wednesday evenings at the School or online.

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The work of American artist Coral Woodbury is concerned with making visible the unseen, which encompasses exploring absences, illuminating the workings of personal and collective memory, and subverting dominant historical narratives. Recurring motifs such as ashes, books, art history, and remnants of material culture anchor her practice, realised in paintings, drawings, and in her signature Revised Edition series. With it, she creates a material intervention in the inherited Western, white, hetero- and androcentric canon. Her chosen ground is the definitive 20th century art history tome, Janson’s History of Art — which entirely omitted artist women from its first 29 printings.

This talk is organised in collaboration with Hackelbury Fine Art, London

Coral Woodbury in-conversation with Beth Greenacre

'Clementine Hunter', sumi ink on book page, 29.2 x 22.2cm Coral Woodbury © The artist

Coral Woodbury: From rural New York, after a BFA from Binghamton University, Woodbury made her way to Florence to study painting. Thirty years on, the teachers she met there, collectively known as rosenclaire, continue to mentor and inspire her practice, among a global cohort of approximately 100 artists. Recent honours include Cill Rialaig residency (Ireland); International Mother Art Prize, Finalist (UK); and exhibition at Newport Art Museum (RI). Her work is held in public and private collections, including Katrin Bellinger Collection, Cross Steele Family Collection, and The Women’s Art Collection, University of Cambridge. She is represented by Abigail Ogilvy Gallery, Boston, and HackelBury Fine Art, London.

Beth Greenacre is an art advisor, curator and consultant working with private clients, family offices and corporate collections. Greenacre builds art collections with personal, cultural and critical meaning as well as market significance. Soon after graduating from The Courtauld Institute of Art, Beth Greenacre became the curator of the David Bowie collection. As well as co-curating numerous exhibitions with Bowie, she oversaw the sale of selected work from his collection at Sotheby's in 2016. From 2000, Greenacre was Director of Bowieart, an online platform to support young emerging artists. From 2004 to 2017 she was co-director of ROKEBY, a commercial gallery in London. Greenacre is curator of The AllBright, Chairperson of the Courtauld Association Committee, sits on the Executive Committee of The Association of Women in the Arts and is an Advisory Board member of She CURAtes: The Residency.

Cover image: Detail from 'Clementine Hunter', sumi ink on book page, 29.2 x 22.2cm Coral Woodbury © The artist

Please note this Summer Term lectures will take place either in-person at the School or online, please check the individual event listings for details.