Curated by writer, editor and broadcaster Francesca Gavin, THE HEAD is The Stand’s second sale previewing online on Monday 6 September. With a career spanning over 15 years Francesca Gavin is a trusted authority within the contemporary art world, and has worked with some of the most exciting rising stars working today. Gavin shares this knowledge and expertise in an auction which explores contemporary artists continued fascination with and exploration of the head.
Throughout art history the head has held symbolic significance; from antiquity it has signified intellect and power as well as being considered the site of the soul. In the following interview curator of THE HEAD, Francesca Gavin sits down with The Stand Director, Beth Greenacre to discuss how contemporary artists in the auction depict the head today and respond to ideas of power, the fragmented body, celebrity, the uncanny and idealised beauty.
Celebrating a diverse selection of artists who identify as female or gender non-binary and whose work reclaims and explores the female form, The Stand’s inaugural auction throws down the gauntlet. Far more than a verbal riposte to the age-old dominance of the white, male perspective in art and culture, The Female Gaze describes an outlook that is open, non-judgemental, progressive and inclusive of all marginalised people and their allies, while challenging those entrenched power structures so deftly communicated by the image since men began portraying women as passive objects of male desire.
In a rapidly changing landscape, innovation is a necessity. Responding to the pre-pandemic art market which already felt outdated and inspired by recent developments in the ways we live and use technology, The Stand is a pioneering digital platform where selling art, supporting artists and funding social causes form a virtuous circle we describe as ‘commercial philanthropy.’