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Alison Watt: INDEPENDENT NEW YORK at Lévy Gorvy Dayan

May 9 - May 10

May 9 – June 28, 2024


Widely regarded as one of the leading painters working in the UK, Alison Watt won the National Portrait Gallery’s prestigious annual award in 1987 while still a student at Glasgow School of Art. She subsequently became known for her figurative paintings, often female nudes, before beginning in the late 1990s to focus on depictions of fabric, which had previously acted as support or backdrop for her compositions. Rather than eliminate the figure, these paintings evoke the human body through its absence.

Watt’s work has always been rooted in a deep engagement with the past, particularly the props and attributes of historical European painting and sculpture. Although the human figure is no longer explicit in Watt’s work, it is often implied. More recently, her work has focused on the relationship between the genres of still life and portraiture, exploring the possible narratives around everyday objects.

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