The Gallery of Everything 10th October to 14th November 2021 at 4 Chiltern Street, London W1

Marian Spore Bush Snake Woman (c 1938)
oil on canvas
152.4 x 106.7 cm / 60 x 42⅛”

In 1945, Peggy Guggenheim presented the project 31 Women at her legendary venue, Art of This Century Gallery. The following year, a sequel entitled simply included the all-over innovator Janet Sobel, subsequently singled out for a solo show at Guggenheim’s mid-town Manhattan space.

In homage to these quintessentially New York stories, The Gallery of Everything presents 20TH CENTURY WOMEN: a salute to the feminist perspective of one of the 20th Century’s most visionary gallerists and collectors – and an adjunct to our gallery’s Janet Sobel presentation at Frieze Masters. 20TH CENTURY WOMEN features sixteen artists and makers from a range of disciplines, linked by a common commitment to their craft and a categoric refusal to adapt to the normative requirements of the masculine and Caucasian art worlds of their time.

The exhibition 20TH CENTURY WOMEN will occupy the ground floor of The Gallery of Everything on Chiltern Street, complemented by a lower ground installation of works on paper by Janet Sobel, who is the subject of the gallery’s Frieze Masters’ Spotlight presentation, curated by Laura Hoptman.

Featured artists:
Mary Barnes (1923-2001) psychoanalytic case-study and counter-cultural author; Marian Spore Bush (1878-1946) New York socialite and monochromatic visionary; Aloïse Corbaz (1886-1964) hospitalised author of a fictional visualised romance; Minnie Evans (1892-1987) self-taught technician of a botanical mysticism; Guo Fengyi (1942-2010) Chinese scroll painter of interior harmonic balance; Olga Fröbe-Kapteyn (1881-1962) architect of a post-spiritualist visual vocabulary; Madge Gill (1882-1961) mediumistic vessel for the illustrations of her spirit-guide; Jann Haworth (b 1942) cult co-inventor of the 1960’s British cultural aesthetic; Hilma af Klint (1862-1944) secretive author of a spontaneous cosmic theory; Gertrude Morgan (1900-1980) Warhol-feted preacher, musician and bible-painter;
Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002) famed fabricator of autobiographic pop;
Judith Scott (1943-2005) non-verbal Californian fabric artist and sculptor;
Eva Švankmajerová (1940-2005) iconic Czech surrealist painter and puppeter; Emma Kunz (1892-1963) renowned creator of hand-drawn healing charts; Anna Zemánková (1908-1986) illustrator of her own private imagined botany; Unica Zürn (1916-1970) author of anagrammatic poems and automatic image. +44 20 7486 8908 @gallevery

Madge Gill untitled (c 1940/50)
ink on postcards
14 x 9 cm / 5½ x 3½” each

The Gallery of Everything is a platform for alternative, neurodiverse and non-academic art-makers. Its roster includes contemporary and historic art brut, so-called outsider artists, and vernacular objects from the 1800s to the present day. The gallery engages with a wide network of institutions, artists and curators to place material into major private and public collections. Proceeds support The Museum of Everything, a non-profit organisation and the world’s only intinerant institution for artists and makers beyond the cultural mainstream.

The Museum of Everything opened in London in 2009 and has welcomed over a million visitors to its large-scale installations in Britain, Europe, Russia, America and Australia. As the UK’s leading advocate for non academic and private art-making, the museum functions as an international exhibitor, archive and activist, collaborating with artists, curators, writers and institutions. These include Tate Modern (UK), Hayward Gallery (UK), Pinacoteca Agnelli (Italy), Kunsthal Rotterdam (Holland) and Garage (Russia). The Museum of Everything is a lobbyist for the inclusion and display of all forms of non-canonical art. In 2013 it partnered with the 55th Venice Biennale, during which it was profiled by the BBC in Turning the Art World Inside Out. The museum is also known for its immersive installations, which it designs, curates & installs, most recently presented at Mona in Australia in 2017/18.

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