JANN HAWORTH American, b. 1942

Overview

Haworth (b. 1942 Hollywood, United States) arrived in London from Hollywood in the early 60s studying at Slade School of Fine Art and at The Courtauld Institute London. Influenced by her Hollywood production designer father and by her mother who taught her to sew from a young age Haworth became a leading figure of British Pop Art making ‘soft sculptures’ referencing 1960s Americana. Doughnuts, cowboys and old Hollywood (such as Portrait of Mae West) are sewn out of cloth, to create three-dimensional works that challenge the conventional perception on form and appropriate subject matter for sculpture as well as riling against the prevailing sexist prejudice of the time to become a pioneer of the feminist movement.

 

The subject of female domesticity through the use of the gendered ‘female’ medium of fabric and craft- particularly evident in Old Lady with the quilt and hand knitted shawl draped over the figure, is challenging gendered stereotypes while emphasising the importance of having a female identity.

 

Her first major exhibition was 4 Young Artists at the ICA in 1963 and was featured in the Hayward Gallery's landmark exhibition of Pop Art in 1968 and exhibited regularly at the Robert Fraser Gallery. She and her then-husband, Pop artist Peter Blake, won a Grammy for their iconic album cover design of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely-Hearts Club Band.

 

Haworth’s work has featured in many large-scale group exhibitions in Europe and the US including Art and the 60's, The Tate, London (2004), International POP, Walker Art Center and Dallas Museum of Art, and in 2018, Pop Art, at Pallant House, Chichester, England. After living in the UK for 30 years she now lives and works in Salt Lake City and Sundance UT. She is The Creative Director of The Leonardo Museum SLC. Pallant House held an exhibition Close Up in which Old Lady II was exhibitied.

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