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Linda Arts (NL), Wahida Azhari (DE), Louise Blyton (AU), Nina Smykalova(UA), José Heerkens (NL), 
Sarah Keighery (AU), Beverly Rautenberg (US), Suzan Shutan (US), Dombrovska Elena (UA), 
Jessica Snow (US),Li Trincere (US), Iemke van Dijk (NL), Henriëtte Van 't Hoog (NL). 

Curated by Billy Gruner (AU)


"... What seems obvious to ask about this particular curation is why restrict that to women only? To question this is reasonable, and what is actually assumed by the curators interest in any supposed connections being made by the artists presenting to an early 20thc super-reductive figurehead. And does this need frank discussion within a complex post 20thc arena. This proposition is interesting given the discovery of 'Malevich the educator' as noted by Tetyana Filevska in her stunning new book based on his own notes, 'Kazimir Malevich. Kiev Period 1928 - 1930', as these rare and now compiled documents more than any other matter underline an 'other life' so to speak. Her book illuminates a sensitive and thoughtful world totally given over to academic and theoretical radicalism, not painting. 

Further, its necessary to ask why are we interested in this artists ideas today when the art world had seemingly moved so far from early modernist concerns for radical constructive expression (within the visual arts and elsewhere) by the 2000s? This familiar questioning of a subject I and others share an interest in specifically relates how and why supposedly radical modernist forms are being reinstated by many well trained and committed makers; as contemporary practice. A key to this is looking for what kind of rationale is taking place, who began or enacted on this thinking, and whose fresh ideas have been delivered after 2000 as we collectively edge away from the 20th century and its influence of Avant guard themes altogether. For these reasons this curatorial commentary on one level enacts a simple ‘look at’ what may be drawn or should be dispelled as erroneous within a critique of a purely female curation of post 20th century art, of purely radical visual-forms within that. "

From the "Gender Neutrality in Reductive Art" essay by Billy Gruner, written for "Icons\W13" show.

The essay is available, follow the link.

The exhibition is held within the framework of the festival of contemporary art - Kyiv Art Week.



Partners: Mikhail Bulgakov Museum.

Media partners: In Kyiv

Mikhail Bulgakov museum
Andreevskiy Descent, 13
Kiev, Ukraine.

Opening May 22th, 7-9 pm.
On view through June 20th.
Open hours: 10am–6pm. 
Closed - Wednesdays.

All photos ©KNO




Nina Smykalova (UA)
Untitled, 2018.
Author's technique, paper on MDF, 28x50cm and 31x50cm.



Nina Smykalova (UA), Beverly Rautenberg (USA)

Beverly Rautenberg (USA)
"BLACK on BLACK [Circle Meets The Square]", 2018.
Acrylic and enamel on archival board, mounted on custom wood panels.


Beverly Rautenberg (USA)
"BLACK on BLACK [Circle Meets The Square]", 2018.
Acrylic and enamel on archival board, mounted on custom wood panels.


Beverly Rautenberg (USA), Linda Arts (NL), Li Trincere (USA)

Linda Arts (NL)
Untitled # 284, 2018.
Oil on canvas, 50x50 cm.

Li Trincere (USA)
Untitled, 2011.
Acrylic on canvas, 32x32cm.

Li Trincere (USA)
Untitled, 2011.
Acrylic on canvas, 32x32cm.

Sarah Keighery (AU)
Chocolate Painting, 2018.
Chocolate bean pvc wood, D-42cm.

Sarah Keighery (AU)
Chocolate Painting, 2018.
Chocolate bean pvc wood, D-42cm.


Dombrovska Elena (UA)
Untitled, 2018.
Graphite, acrylic on canvas. 20x15cm.

Dombrovska Elena (UA)
Untitled, 2018.
Graphite, acrylic on canvas. 20x15cm.


Louise Blyton (AU), Henriëtte Van 't Hoog (NL), Iemke van Dijk (NL)

Louise Blyton (AU)
Untitled, 2018.
Acrylic on linen on wood, 20x8x8cm.

Louise Blyton (AU)
Untitled, 2018.
Acrylic on linen on wood, 20x8x8cm.

Louise Blyton (AU)
Untitled, 2018.
Acrylic on linen on wood, 20x8x8cm.

Henriëtte Van 't Hoog (NL)
Innerglow (diagonal), 2012.
Acrylic on aluminum, 30x20cm.

Henriëtte Van 't Hoog (NL)
Innerglow (diagonal), 2012.
Acrylic on aluminum, 30x20cm.

Iemke van Dijk (NL)
Untitled, 2018.
Graphite on aluminium, 40x40cm.

Iemke van Dijk (NL)
Untitled, 2018.
Graphite on aluminium, 40x40cm.

Jessica Snow (USA)
'Black Hole 2', 2018.
Acrylic on Arches 300 lb. hot press paper, 35.5cm x29cm.

Jessica Snow (USA)
'Black Hole 2', 2018.
Acrylic on Arches 300 lb. hot press paper, 35.5cm x29cm.

Wahida Azhari (DE)
Untitled, 2018.
Acrylic on wood, 30x30x3cm.

Wahida Azhari (DE)
Untitled, 2018.
Acrylic on wood, 30x30x3cm.

Suzan Shutan (USA)
Corner Square 2, 2018.
Enamel on Lotka paper, 45x45cm.

Suzan Shutan (USA)
Corner Square 2, 2018.
Enamel on Lotka paper, 45x45cm.

José Heerkens (NL)
2017 - L57. Light and Heavy. 2017.
Oil on linen, 90x35cm.