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Margaret Harrison

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Allen Jones & The P.T.A. (Dolly Parton/Allen Jones “Table” sculpture), 2010 Watercolor and Graphite on Paper 11" X 15" (image); 15.25" X 19.25" (frame) © Courtesy of the artist & Intersection for the Arts
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Captain America (2), 1997 Watercolor and Graphite on Paper 26" X 18.25" (image); 35.5" X 27.75" (frame) © Courtesy of the artist & Intersection for the Arts
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Captain America, 1971/1997 Watercolor and Graphite on Paper 30" X 22.75" (image); 32.25" X 22.75" (frame) © Courtesy of the artist & Intersection for the Arts
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Ejaculo, 2007 Watercolor, Colored Pencil, and Graphite on Paper 18.25" X 12.5" (image), 27.75" X 21.75" (frame) © Courtesy of the artist & Intersection for the Arts
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The Healthier Choice, 2007 Watercolor, Colored Pencil, and Graphite on Paper 18.25" X 12.5" (image); 27.75" X 21" (frame) © Courtesy of the artist & Intersection for the Arts
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The Fantasy Footballer, 1998 Watercolor and Graphite on Paper 30" X 22.5" (image); 32.5" X 24.75" (frame) © Courtesy Beverley Knowles (London, U.K.)
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He’s Giving Me Bad Vibrations (Mel Ramos painting/Dolly Parton), 2010 Watercolor and Graphite on Paper 12.25" X 9" (image); 16.75" X 12.75" (frame) © Courtesy of the artist & Intersection for the Arts
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Little Woman At Home, 1971/2010 Claria Print (original Watercolor and Graphite on Paper in Permanent Collection Tate Gallery, London, U.K.) 18.75" X 12.75" (image); 20.25" X 14.25" (frame) © Courtesy of the artist & Intersection for the Arts
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Good Enough To Eat (2), 1971 Watercolor, Gouache, and Graphite on Board 20.75" X 25" (image); 25.25" X 31.25" (frame) © Courtesy Beverley Knowles (London, U.K.)
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Banana Woman, 1971/2010 Claria Print (original Watercolor and Graphite on Paper in Permanent Collection Tate Gallery, London, U.K.) 12.5" X 18.5" (image); 14.25" X 20" (frame) © Courtesy of the artist & Intersection for the Arts
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Captain America Watercolour/pencil 65 X 45cms © Courtesy of the Artist and Intersection for the Arts
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Bunny Boy, 2010 Painting
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Captain America Painting
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Superman Wonderwoman C America, 2013
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Homeworkers, 1977 © Margaret Harrison, photograph © Tate Photography
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You Looking at Me, 2013 Diptych © Courtesy of the Artist and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts
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Take One Lemon, 1971 Lithograph on Paper Image: 787 X 575 Mm © Margaret F. Harrison
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Wakefield ,Yorkshire, England
Birth year
1940
Statement

Margaret Harrison studied at the Carlisle College of Art, England (1957-61), Royal Academy Schools, London (1961-64), and the Academy of Art in Perugia, Italy (1965). Until recently, she was a Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University and The Summer Arts Institute of California, held at U.C. Davis. In 1970, she was one of the founders of the first London Women’s Liberation Art Group.  She came of age as an artist during the heady years of pop, minimal and conceptual work.  She has produced bodies of work dealing with homeworkers, rape, domestic abuse, war's impact on women, fame and celebrity status, and beauty as depicted by the cosmetics industry.  She has been an Artist in Residence at the New Museum for Contemporary Art in New York and a Fellow at the Studio for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University.

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Harrison has been featured in over 20 solo exhibitions, including ones mounted at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts (New York, NY), The New Museum for Contemporary Art (New York, NY), Woodruff Art Center (Atlanta, GA), Beacon Street Gallery (Chicago, IL), Ruth Bloom Gallery (Santa Monica, CA), and Beverley Knowles Fine Art (London, UK).  She has also been included in group exhibitions for the past three decades, including venues such as Santa Monica Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland Museum of Art, San Jose Museum of Art, Capp Street Project, P.S. 1 (New York, NY), National Museum for Women in the Arts (Washington DC), Florence Bienale, Whitechapel Art Gallery (London), Institute for Contemporary Art (London), and Victoria & Albert Museum (London).  Her work is in the public collections of the Tate Gallery, Arts Council of England, Künsthaus Zurich, Victoria & Albert Museum, and U.C. Davis.  She has taught at Manchester Metropolitan University, U.C. Davis, California College of Arts and Crafts, St. Martin's School of Art, Newcastle College of Art, Carnegie Mellon University, and Goldsmith’s College at the University of London.  Her work has been the subject of numerous critical essays and reviews, including ones published in The Village Voice, The New Yorker, Time Out, The Sacramento Bee, Artview, and the Guardian (UK).  Noted theorists and historians Lucy Lippard, Penelope Shackelford, Suzanne Davies, and Peter Suchin have all written on Harrison’s work.  Some of her early controversial drawings are currently showing as part of the traveling exhibition WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, an exhibition curated by Connie Butler, drawing curator of New York’s MoMA. The inaugural showing of WACK! was at Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in 2007 and has traveled to the National Museum for Women in the Arts (NMWA) in Washington DC, MoMA in New York City, and the Vancouver Museum and Art Gallery. Drawings from this show were acquired by the Tate for their permanent collection.  Harrison also recently participated in the 11th International Istanbul Biennial in Fall 2009. Exhibiting with 70 internationally renowned artists and artist collectives who have attracted acclaim in the contemporary art scene, Harrison was the sole British representative.

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