Marlow Moss at Tate Britain


White, Yellow and Black 1953. Oil on canvas. The caption next to the work states ‘the purpose of the double line was to create dynamism in a composition’.

In August, Charles Darwent’s article titled: Marlow Moss: forgotten art maverick published in The Guardian filled me with anticipation and today I was thrilled to visit this modest one-room exhibition at Tate Britain. Darwent writes of the curator Michael Canney’s response to seeing Moss ‘She is an oddity rather than a person, not quite real. If she is memorable at all, it is as a footnote to the history of a man, Piet Mondrian.’ Darwent is quick to point out how wrong this is, I agree. This enigmatic English artist, who celebrated European Modernism so determinedly, fascinates me as much as her queerness and subversion of gender norms.


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