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Coral Woodbury

Coral Woodbury (b. 1971) critically reinterprets Western artistic heritage from a feminist perspective, bringing overdue focus and reverence to the long line of women artists who worked without recognition or enduring respect.

Coral’s most recent project Revised Edition focuses on Janson‘s History of Art. First published in 1962, the book quickly became a referential text on art history, for generations shaping the Western canon and understanding of art. Its influence as a survey textbook should however have been called into question as the text did not mention any female artists until 1986. The more recent editions of the book are still heavily male-dominated, failing to recognise the legacy and importance of women artists.

With Revised Edition, Coral inks portraits of women artists over images from the well-known canon. Using material culture which is available to her – either photographs or self-portraits of the women – Coral makes visible those who are obscured from history. She describes herself as a “historian, gazing backward, and as an artist, creating anew” whose works “are a way to heal the injustices and omissions of art history”. Recognising that women were vital contributors to art history and yet excluded from it both in their own and subsequent times, Coral reclaims space for them. Bringing women together across time and place, she re-recasts and re-crafts the story of art.

“What has even been deemed art at all, all of art history was defined and determined by men” explains Coral. As women were for centuries excluded from art institutions and forbidden to perform what was considered essential artistic training, their creative input was often demoted to the areas of art considered as minor as well as domestic decorative crafts.

Coral has participated in numerous residencies including in Italy with rosenclaire, with whom she has worked for nearly 30 years. In 2020 she was a finalist for the international Mother Art Prize, awarded by Procreate Project and exhibited at Cromwell Place, London, UK. In 2018 she was awarded the MA Juror’s Prize for Painting at the Boston Biennial V, Atlantic Works Gallery, Boston.

CV

b. 1971, NY
Lives and works in Boston, NY

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SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2021
Revised Edition, HackelBury Fine Art, London, UK (Solo Show)
Revised Edition, Abigail Ogilvy Gallery, Boston (Solo Show)
Call and Response, Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI
Waiting II, HackelBury Fine Art, London, UK.

2020
Mother Art Prize Exhibition 2020, Procreate Project, Cromwell Place, London, UK (Curated by Paola Lucente, Director and Curator, Procreate Project and Claire Mander, Chair of Steering Committee UK Friends, National Museum of Women in the Arts and Director, CoLAB)
AREA CODE Art Fair, Abigail Ogilvy Gallery, Boston, MA
40IN40ENA, (translation: Forty in Quarantine) Video animation in collaboration with 40 artists by Sarah Bowyer, Jins, and Max Judica, Torino, Italy
New Order: Grids and Friends, The Yard, Brooklyn N

2019
Beyond the Canvas, Jamestown Art Center, Jamestown, RI
Gaia, project participant for Iris Brosch, Venice Biennale, Italy and Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington DC
The Biennial Project at the Venice Biennale, 58th Venice Biennale, Centro Culturale Don Orione Artigianelli, Venice
The Woods, The Yard, New York, NY
New England Variations, Marblehead Arts Association, Marblehead, MA

2018
Humanities Approaches to the Opioid Crisis, Boston University, Boston, MA
International Traveling Art Exhibition, Contemporary Art Gallery, Taragaon Museum, Kathmandu, Nepal
#00Bienal de la Habana, Havana, Cuba
Boston Biennial V, Atlantic Works Gallery, Boston, MA Juror’s Prize for Painting
Tiny Acts Topple Empires, Woskob Family Gallery, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA Curated by Heather Darcy Bhandari
Solo Exhibition, Another Word for Body: The Paintings of Coral Woodbury, Hollister Gallery, Babson College, Wellesley, MA
VANITAS#IMPERMANENCE, Traveling Exhibition: Palazzo Reale, Genova; Duino Castle, Trieste, Italy

2017
VANITAS#IMPERMANENCE, B#S Gallery, ioDeposito, Treviso, Italy
ArtVenice Biennale IV, 57th Venice Biennale, ARTIsm 3160, Venice, Italy
RESIST, Van Vessem Gallery, Tiverton, RI
Friends, Atlantic Works Gallery, Boston, MA

2016
European International Book Arts Biennale, Goa, India
International Exhibition, D.F.E.W.A. (D. Fleiss and East West Artists), Art Museum Muzeul Judetean, Satu Mare, Transylvania, Romania B
lanc de Blanc, Jamestown Arts Center, Jamestown, RI
Blanche Ames National, Ames Mansion, Borderland State Park, MA
Gravity, Brookline Arts Center, Boston, MA
The Drawing Room Collaboration, Providence, RI Project ELIMINATE, UNICEF and Kiwanis International, Florence, Italy

 

HONORS & AWARDS

2020
Finalist Mother Art Prize 2020

2018
Boston Biennial V, Atlantic Works Gallery, Boston, MA Juror’s Prize for Painting