The other evening I tried a new networking group. I chose to go to this meeting as it was in the Whitechapel Gallery, to see a preview evening of the new exhibition on show Hannah Hoch. (click on the link for a great little video talk about the artist)
Felt a bit guilty as I like to try all galleries out – especially in the location I live, and I’d never been to the Whitechapel Gallery before!
I also had never heard of Hannah Hoch before. Hannah Hoch worked in collage and spliced together fashion magazines and journals. Considering the fact she used fashion magazines/images in such a creative way, it is strange that I had not been introduced to her work in College or University.
Hoch’s work spanned 60 years from 1910 to the 1970s. It was an impressive body of work they showed and it is the first major exhibition of her work in the UK.
Such an interesting woman whose work has a humor and also a commentary on the world around her. She challenges stereotypes in her works but also asks questions about society during times of huge change in the world.
Living in Berlin during its many periods of change from being part of the Dada movement and challenging the worlds perceptions through her art works to surviving as an artist through the Second World War.
I would definitely recommend this as an exhibition to go see. It’s on until the 23rd March – still lots of time! (They do late evening openings on Thursdays)