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Reframed: The Woman in the Window

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Reframed: The Woman in the Window is the first exhibition to explore this enduring subject.

★★★★★ "Enthralling, imaginative and constantly surprising" The Observer 

Featuring Marina Abramović, Louise Bourgeois, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, David Hockney, Rembrandt, Pablo Picasso, Cindy Sherman, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rachel Whiteread and more, Reframed places over 50 works by great artists side by side, from ancient worlds to lockdown living rooms.  

Sculpture, painting, print, photography, film and installation art come together, to reveal places, cultures and times for which the ‘woman in the window’ had a particular meaning, with responses ranging from empathy to voyeurism.  

Highlights include ancient works on loan from The British Museum, Louise Bourgeois’ My Blue Sky (1989-2003), David Hockney’s The Tower Had One Window (1969), Howard Hodgkin’s Girl by a Window (1964) and the Gallery's own Girl at a Window (1645) by Rembrandt, the initial point of inspiration for the exhibition.  

The exhibition is curated by Dr Jennifer Sliwka (King’s College London), whose past exhibitions include Monochrome at the National Gallery. It is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue written by the curator, available from the Gallery Shop with two cover options. 

★★★★★ "Bracingly intelligent" The Daily Telegraph 

★★★★ "Delightfully inquisitive" The Times 

"Including fantastic painters such as Rembrandt and David Hockney, it's a great line up to highlight why this theme has recurred throughout the ages.” Londonist

"Looking at a traditional artistic motif and how the simple conjunction of a female figure and light through glass places the viewer as intruder, witness, lover or voyeur.” New Statesman

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Images: Tom Hunter, Woman Reading Possession Order, 1997, from the series ‘Persons Unknown’, courtesy the artist Tom Hunter; Louise Bourgeois, My Blue Sky, 1989-2003 © The Easton Foundation / VAGA at ARS, NY and DACS, London 2021. Photo: Christopher Burke; Wolfgang Tillmans, Smokin Jo, window, 1995 © Wolfgang Tillmans, courtesy Maureen Paley, London; Gerrit Dou, A Woman Playing a Clavichord, c.1665,  Dulwich Picture Gallery, London.