The Un-Private Collection: Jenny Saville + Jennifer Doyle
The next program in The Un-Private Collection series will present a conversation with artist Jenny Saville and Jennifer Doyle, author and professor of English at the University of California, Riverside. The pair will discuss Saville’s work in the Broad collection and beyond: enormous canvases that focus on bodies in an unflinching manner. Likening the physicality of paint to the feeling and appearance of skin, she constructs sometimes horrifying images of contemporary identity. The talk will highlight the congruencies of Saville’s work and Doyle’s areas of interest, such as visual and performance studies, contemporary art history, gender studies, and critical theory.
Captivated by the endless aesthetic and formal possibilities of the materiality of the human body, Broad collection artist Jenny Saville makes a highly sensuous and tactile impression of surface and mass in her monumental oil paintings. Subjects are imbued with a sculptural yet elusive dimensionality that verges on the abstract. In recent paintings, she renews her enduring figurative investigations by depicting bodies embracing and intertwined.
Saville was born in 1970 in Cambridge, England. She received her B.A. Honors Fine Art from Glasgow School of Art, Scotland. Recent solo museum exhibitions include Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rome (2005); Norton Museum of Art, Florida (2011, traveled to the Museum of Modern Art Oxford, England, through 2012); “Jenny Saville Drawing,” Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Oxford, United Kingdom (2015–16); and “Now: Jenny Saville,” Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (2018). Saville’s works are featured in several public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Broad, Los Angeles; and Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. Saville’s work was included in the 50th Biennale di Venezia in 2003.
Saville currently lives and works in Oxford, United Kingdom.
Jennifer Doyle is a feminist writer, curator and scholar. Much of her scholarship unpacks what artworks teach us about sexual life — about pleasure, love, desire and pain. She is the author of Sex Objects: Art and the Dialectics of Desire, Hold It Against Me: Difficulty and Emotion in Contemporary Art and Campus Sex/Campus Security. She curated The Tip of Her Tongue for The Broad, Nao Bustamante: Soldadera for The Vincent Price Art Museum and I Feel Different for LACE. She is a member of the Board of Directors at Human Resources, and a Professor of English at UC Riverside. She lives in Los Angeles.
About The Un-Private Collection
In this video series featuring The Broad's curators Ed Schad and Sarah Loyer, we take a deeper look at works in the Broad collection, which is notable for the exceptional depth of its holdings and dedication to the full arc of artists' careers.Read More
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