As a young woman, the artist Gluck rejected her family name, along with the dress and confines of her gender. With short hair and sharply cut suits, she cut a dash through the London art world of the 1920s and ’30s. This week, the London gallery that mounted her first exhibition in 1926 draws together works from across Gluck’s career and explores her legacy in the 21st century.
Pippa Stockdale, the managing director of London’s Fine Art Society, was inspired to theme a show around Gluck after spotting Diana Souhami’s spirited and insightful biography of the artist in a charity-shop display. Stockdale recalled that Gluck had shown with the Society and decided to mount a retrospective, alongside contemporary works inspired by her life and work. This shared history could be used to engage with a new generation: “The next day,” she explains, “we bought 20 copies of the book and sent them out to female artists we admired.”
Source: Stunningly Modern Paintings