Betty Parsons: The Queen of the Circus

Betty Parsons,Alison Jacques

An exhibition of works by Betty Parsons (1900 – 1982), one of the most influential and dynamic figures of the American avant-garde.
As the first show of her work to be held in London for nearly forty years, following important exhibitions at the Whitechapel Gallery (1968) and Nigel Greenwood Gallery (1980), it offers a deeper understanding of Parsons’ unique career as an artist which has too often been overshadowed by the pioneering gallery she opened in New York in 1946.

The paintings and sculptures Parsons produced during her six-decade career formed part of a rigorous and experimental artistic practice that centred on abstraction and drew on diverse sources, from natural phenomena and the cosmos, to Native American culture and Asian spiritual practices. Her adventurous character resulted in extensive international travel, including trips to Africa, Japan and Mexico, which had a profound impact on her relationship with colour and form.
Parsons’ contribution to post-war abstraction was unique; she developed a style that was playful, bold and expressive, and always grounded by a flair for colour. The show offers a survey of the artist’s career from 1951 to 1981, highlighting a number of key paintings from this period alongside a group of wood constructions.

Lead image: Betty Parsons Head Signature, 1978
© The Betty Parsons Foundation

Duration 02 October 2019 - 09 November 2019
Cost Free
Venue Alison Jacques Gallery
Address 22 Cork Street, London, W1S 3NG
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