Bow Down: Women in Art

By Frieze

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Bow Down is a podcast about significant women artists from the past, hosted by Jennifer Higgie, editor at large at Frieze. Women have been expressing themselves since the beginning of time. Yet, ask around and you’ll find that most people struggle to name even one non-male artist from before the 20th century. For each 20-minute episode, Jennifer invites an artist, writer, historian or curator to nominate an artist to whom we should all … well, bow down. Subscribe to learn more about these radical women, all of whom made – and continue to make – the world a more interesting place.

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Zoe Whitley on Kathleen Collins

The Hayward Gallery curator, and co-curator of the blockbuster touring exhibition ‘Soul of a Nation’ discusses the life and work of Kathleen Collins, the first African-American woman to write and direct a feature film. 

Dec 23, 2019
Liliane Lijn on Stella Snead

The London-based artist discusses the life and times of her friend, the late (and overlooked) British surrealist painter, photographer and collage artist, Stella Snead, who lived between New Mexico and India.

Dec 16, 2019
Shahidha Bari on Mary Moser and Angelica Kauffman

The cultural historian, radio presenter and author of Dressed: The Secret Life of Clothes discusses the life and times of the two women founders of London’s Royal Academy, the trail-blazing 18th-century artists Angelica Kauffman and Mary Moser.

Dec 09, 2019
Natalia Sidlina on Natalia Goncharova

The Tate Curator of International Art discusses the life and times of the modernist pioneer Natalia Goncharova, who changed the landscape of avant-garde art in early 20th-century Russia.


Dec 02, 2019
Juliet Jacques on Claude Cahun

The critic and author of the acclaimed memoir Trans discusses the life and work of the radical mid-20th-century surrealist photographer and resistance worker Claude Cahun. 

Nov 25, 2019
Laura Mulvey on Chantal Akerman

The renowned film theorist Laura Mulvey – who coined the term 'the male gaze' – discusses the life and work of the influential avant-garde Belgian filmmaker, Chantal Akerman, who died in 2015.

Nov 18, 2019
Olivia Laing on Agnes Martin

The best-selling novelist and winner of the 2019 James Tait Black Memorial Prize discusses the life and work of the 20th-century American artist Agnes Martin, whose minimalist paintings were inspired by Zen Buddhism.

Nov 11, 2019
Helen Cammock on Artemisia Gentileschi

The 2019 Turner Prize-shortlisted artist Helen Cammock reflects on her fascination with the inspiring 17th-century Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi, who overcame tragic circumstances to become one of the most famous artists of her day.

Oct 22, 2019
Bow Down: The Trailer
Oct 21, 2019