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Lubaina Himid | Revenge

Solo show at Rochdale Art Gallery, Royal Festival Hall. 1993
Date: 27 April, 1993 until 6 June, 1993
Curator: Jill Morgan
Organiser: Rochdale Art Gallery

“[Himid’s] Revenge series is comprised of (sic) eleven paintings featuring themes of historical recovery and primarily reconceiving the central role of women in official narratives of art and social history. Between the Two My Heart is Balanced is a reconception of a work by French painter James Tissot (1836-1902), which depicts two European women in a boat with a soldier. One woman is ignored, while the other holds the attention of the soldier. In Himid’s version, two women of African descent appear without the soldier’s presence. Swathed in African fabric, the women hold each other’s attention as a visible trail materializes in the boat’s wake. Himid’s boldly eloquent , painterly style is skillfully employed in her complex historical revisions. The stunning Revenge series might be viewed as an elegy for those lost during the Middle Passage, whose histories have been ignored, as well as a celebration of those who continue to survive.” Mora J. Beauchamp-Byrd, on Revenge (page 34 of London Bridge: Late Twentieth Century British Art and the Routes of ‘National Culture’, chapter in Transforming the Crown: African, Asian & Caribbean Artists in Britain 1966-1996, Caribbean Cultural Center, New York, 1997, pp. 16 - 45).

Revenge: A masque in five tableaux, was an exhibition by Lubaina Himid, which was originated at/by Rochdale Art Gallery, which toured to the Royal Festival Hall. From the catalogue’s Introduction: “Rochdale Art Gallery is very pleased to present ‘Revenge’, a new series of work by Lubaina Himid. ‘Revenge’ takes place at the forefront of the art of the 1990s, representing an artist engaging with art and life and making use of the gallery as a site for this critical discourse. In ‘Revenge’ Lubaina Himid addresses the feminist critique of painting, she contemplates and re-orders the making of history, she creates work that is both celebration and mourning.

As a Black woman artist of international importance and influence, Lubaina Himid is recognised for her radical contribution to the avant garde. ‘Revenge’ will give audiences in this country locally and nationally, the opportiunity to see her new work, shown in the gallery space for which it was painted.”

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People in this exhibition

»  Lubaina Himid MBE, CBE

Born, 1954 in Zanzibar, Tanzania

Exhibition venues

»  Rochdale Art Gallery

Rochdale, United Kingdom

»  Royal Festival Hall

London, United Kingdom