By Melanie Gerlis
Historically under-appreciated female artists continue to be championed, with two estates recently finding big-name galleries. Lehmann Maupin now represents the Swiss-born Heidi Bucher (1926-93) in the US. Bucher was best known for her skin-like, latex casts of items ranging from clothes to entire rooms. The estate is a first for the gallery, but co-founder Rachel Lehman says it’s not a case of looking beyond the living artists they work with, more that Bucher fits well with their existing programme. Bucher has a retrospective opening in London’s Parasol Unit in September and Lehmann Maupin plans a New York show for spring 2019.
Meanwhile London’s Victoria Miro has joined the galleries that represent Belgian artist Ilse D’Hollander, who had only one solo exhibition during her life and committed suicide aged only 28 in 1997. D’Hollander’s soft, small-scale but highly charged works often draw on the Flemish countryside and are increasingly finding their audience with recent institutional shows in Europe. Victoria Miro plans a solo show at its Mayfair gallery in November, where D’Hollander’s work can also be seen as part of the two-venue show that celebrates female artists (Surface Work, to June 16).