Marlow Moss at Tate Britain

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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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