Izabella Gustowska

The Case of Josephine H... (2014), film, 43 min., variable size Galerie Wagner + Partner
The Case of Josephine H... (2014), film, 43 min., variable size

The Case of Josephine H (2014)

Izabella Gustowska traces the figure of Josephine Hopper (1883–1968) – the forgotten artist, wife and model of Edward Hopper. She became an inspiration for a project that revolves around creative women of different generations: their choices, life stories and chances to achieve their goals and fulfil their desires. In 2013 Gustowska spent several months in New York, following the paths of modern-day women who live in the city and wondering which of them could be today's Josephine.


Relative Similarities 1979-80

It is the feminity in various stages in life - childhood, youth, adulthood what Gustowska is interested in. In this series the "She" performs miscellaneous gestures, in which the figures are the artist's self-portrait and the portraits of her imagined sisters. 

Relative Similarities (1979), video, variable size Galerie Wagner + Partner
Relative Similarities (1979), video, variable size
Relative Similarities III (1979), Mixed Media on paper, 105 x 85 cm Galerie Wagner + Partner
Relative Similarities III (1979), Mixed Media on paper, 105 x 85 cm
Relative Similarities III (1979), Mixed Media on paper, 105 x 85 cm Galerie Wagner + Partner
Relative Similarities III (1979), Mixed Media on paper, 105 x 85 cm
Relative Similarities IVX - Twins by choice (1981), Mixed Media on paper, 104 x 74 cm Galerie Wagner + Partner
Relative Similarities IVX - Twins by choice (1981), Mixed Media on paper, 104 x 74 cm
Relative Similarities XV - Twins by choice (1981), Mixed Media on paper, 104 x 74 cm Galerie Wagner + Partner
Relative Similarities XV - Twins by choice (1981), Mixed Media on paper, 104 x 74 cm
Relative Similarities VIII - Surrogate Twins (1980), Mixed Media on paper, 114 x 83 cm Galerie Wagner + Partner
Relative Similarities VIII - Surrogate Twins (1980), Mixed Media on paper, 114 x 83 cm
Relative Similarities IX - Surrogate Twins (1980), Mixed Media on paper, 114 x 73 cm Galerie Wagner + Partner
Relative Similarities IX - Surrogate Twins (1980), Mixed Media on paper, 114 x 73 cm

Secret

Secret I (1989), 205 x 90 x 15 cm, coloured print on textile, cotton, wood, Ed. 10 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Secret I (1989), 205 x 90 x 15 cm, coloured print on textile, cotton, wood, Ed. 10
Secret I (1989), 210x 70 x 15 cm, coloured print on textile, cotton, wood, Ed. 10 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Secret I (1989), 210x 70 x 15 cm, coloured print on textile, cotton, wood, Ed. 10
Secret I (1989), 210x 70 x 15 cm, coloured print on textile, cotton, wood, Ed. 10 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Secret I (1989), 210x 70 x 15 cm, coloured print on textile, cotton, wood, Ed. 10

The Art of Choice (2007)

"24 fragments: 1. You will long for kisses 2. You’ll think, that the dance 3. Or maybe a cigarette 4.You’ll hear the enticing chant from the Mulholland Drive 5. Wine, yes wine will help you survive 6. And surely you need to smoke some grass 7. You will see familiar faces 8. You’ll be surrounded by phantoms- electrifying images 9. And then you’ll hear the phone ring 10. You’ll cry, that that’s not it 11. Or maybe a book 12. Sex, yes sex 13. The wedding, maybe not necessarily 14. You will dive into talks 15. And the children, there have to be children 16. And you will see your reflection in the mirror 17. You will want to play tube 18. And then some gesture will remind you 19. That the dog is your real Someone 20. You’ll think about a distant trip 21. Do a spasmodic run 22. When you fall, strange phenomena will return 23. Then somebody shoots you 24. In the last moment you’ll shout, that this needs to be noted down and you will long for kisses again." [Izabella Gustowska]


The Art of Difficult Choice, installation view. Galerie Wagner + Partner
The Art of Difficult Choice, installation view.
The Art of Easy Choice, Film Still. Galerie Wagner + Partner
The Art of Easy Choice, Film Still.
The Art of Easy Choice, Film Still. Galerie Wagner + Partner
The Art of Easy Choice, Film Still.
Izabella Gustowska

1948, Poznan, Poland

Education

1972
University of Arts, Poznan, Poland
2016
Professor at the University of Arts in Poznan and Lecturer at the Higher School of Humanities and Journalism in Poznan, Poland


Solo Exhibitions (selection)

2015
New York and the girl, Art Stations Foundation, Poznan, Poland
I Remember how… I Remember that… Selected Works 1977–1996, State Gallery of Art, Sopot, Poland
…about my Jospehines…, up Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2013
/fragment/Art of Choice/2007/, Międzynarodowe Centrum Sztuk Graficznych – Galeria, Krakow, Poland
1% Morning Sun – nyc – 1952, Morning Sun – Poznań – 2010, Morning Sun – nyc – 2013, Gdańska Galeria Fotografii, Muzeum Narodowe, Gdansk, Poland
2012
The Case of Antonina L…, Wozownia Art Gallery, Torun, Poland Hybrids of Space-Time, Manhattan Gallery, Lodz, Poland
In Stealthy Flight I Pursued Her, wro Art Center, Wroclaw, Poland
2011
In Stealthy Flight I Pursued Her, Piekary Gallery, Poznan, Poland
2009
Life is a Story, Scottish Episode, Scottish Tides, Polish Spring Threshold Artspace, Perth, UK
2008
she – Media Story, Old Slaughterhouse, Poznan, Poland
2007
Life is a Story, National Museum, Poznan, Poland
2006
The Art of Hard Choice, Program Gallery, Warszawa, Poland
2001
Relative Similarities II. L’amour passion, bwa Gallery, Bydgoszcz, Poland
Passions and Other Cases, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warszaw, Poland
Singing Chambers, Leon Wyczółkowski District Museum, Bydgoszcz, Poland
1997
La Source, Frac Bretagne, Rennes, France
1996
Floating, Zachęta State Gallery of Art, Warszaw, Poland
1994
Dreams, State Gallery of Art, Sopot, Poland
1990
Relative Similarities / White, Red, Black, Studio Gallery, Warszaw, Poland Relative Similarities II, bwa, Poznan, Poland
1998
Izabella Gustowska, Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, USA
1986
Relative Similarities I, National Museum, Wroclaw, Poland
1985
Relative Anzeichen der Ähnlichkeit – Graphik, Galerie Kubus, Hannover, Germany
1984
Relative Similarities – Graphic Works (1979–1983), Galerie Toon Peek, Utrecht, Netherlands
1983
Izabella Gustowska – Grafika, Malarstwo, Galeria ‘72, Chelm, Poland
1980
Relative Similarities, on Gallery, Poznan, Poland


Group Exhibitions (selection)

2016
Körper*Selbst, WAGNER + PARTNER, Berlin, Germany
illegibility, Art Station Foundation, Poznan, Poland
2015
Love on the Edge, Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok, Poland
2014
Instalatorzy, Art Stations, Poznan, Poland
Nomen Woman, Łaźnia Gallery, Radom, Poland
2013
Microutopias of the Everyday, Centre of Contemporary Art, Torun, Poland
2012
The Artificial Fullmoon, Muzeum Współczesne, Wroclaw, Poland
RE.ACT.FEMINISM # 2, Instytut Sztuki Wyspa, Gdansk, Poland
Experimental Project, IEEB5, Victoria Art Center, Bucharest, Romania
2011
Collection of Contemporary Art, National Museum, Wroclaw, Poland
2010
Oh no, not sex and death again!, State Gallery of Art, Sopot, Poland
Ars Homo Erotica, National Museum, Warszaw, Poland
2009
Gender Check, Museum Moderner Kunst, Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna, Austria
2007
Grażyna Kulczyk-Collection, Art Stations, Poznan, Poland
Grosse Kunstausstellung NRW, Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, Germany
2006
Love and Democracy, Centre for Contemporary Art Laznia, Gdansk, Poland
2005
Two Asia Two Europe, Doulon Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
2003
Architectures of Gender Contemporary Women’s Art in Poland, Sculpture Center NY, New York, USA
2002
Polacos – El nou art de Polonia, Galeria La Capella, Barcelona, Spain
2000
20th-century Polish Art, National Museum, Wroclaw, Poland
1999
Toyama, The 7th International Contemporary Art Exhibition, The Museum of Modern Art, Toyama, Japan
Without the Wall – Eastern Europe after the Berlin Wall, State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
1998
Strateny raj, Slovenska Narodna Galeria,Bratislava, Slovakia
1996
Horizons –14 Polish Contemporary Artists, Sonje Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Corea
Woman about Woman, Bielska Gallery bwa, Bielsko Biala, Poland
1995
lab 5 International Film, Video and Computer Art Exhibition, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warszaw, Poland
1993
Skjulte Dimensioner – Polsk Samtidsfotografi, Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark
1992
Space in Picture. Picture in Space, Alvar Aalto Museo, Jyväskylä, Finland
1991
The International Prints Exhibition, Kanagawa Prefectural Gallery, Tokyo, Japan Voices of Freedom: Polish Women Artists and the Avant-Garde 1880 –1990, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, USA
1990
Art on the Edge, National Museum, Wroclaw, Poland
1989
Art at the Edge. Contemporary Art from Poland, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK
13. Biennale der Ostseeländer, Norwegens und Islands, Kunsthalle Rostock, Rostock, Germany
1988
La Biennale di Venezia XLIII, Venice, Italy
1987
Graphica Atlantica, Reykjavík Art Museum, Reykjavik, Island
19. Bienal de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Polnische Malerei 1945–1986, Museum Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden, Germany
Expressiv. Mitteleuropäische Kunst seit 1960, Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna, Austria
1986
6th Triennial – India, The Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi, India
8. Norske Internasjonale Triennale Fredrikstad, Fredrikstad, Norway
1985
Kunst mit Eigen-Sinn. Aktuelle Kunst von Frauen, Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna, Austria
Gravures grands formats, Musee d’Art Moderne, Liege, Belgium
1983
17. Bienal de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
1980                
7th International Print Biennial, Krakow, Poland
1979
Art Basel X, Basel, Switzerland
VI. Bradford Biennial, Cartwright Hall, Bradford, UK
1977
3. Wiener Graphikbiennale, Wiener Secession, Vienna, Austria
1976
Zeitgenossische Kunst aus Polen, Stadthalle Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany
1975
VII. Biennial of Ibiza, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Ibiza, Ibiza, Spain
1974
Festiwal sztuk plastycznych, bwa Sopot, Poland


Grants (selection)

1973, 74, 76, 79, 81
I, II, IV nagroda i wyróżnienia w Konkursie im. J. Wronieckiego
1973
Wyróżnienie za malarstwo w Konkursie im. F. Bartoszka, Warszawa
1978
Nagroda fundowana na VIII Ogólnopolskiej Wystawie Grafiki, CBWA Zachęta, Warszawa
Nagroda – zakup Muzeum Sztuki Współczesnej w Łodzi naI Międzynarodowym Triennale Rysunku, Wrocław
1982
Anthony Davson Foundation Award: VII The Bradford Biennale, Bradford
1983
Award Purchase of Zagreb Gallery: 15 Mednarodni Grafićini Bienale, Ljubljana
The Birgit Skiold Memorial Prize: VIII The Bradford Biennale, Bradford 
1989
Grand Prix Norske Internasjonale Grafikk Triennale, Fredrikstad San Zanobia Foundation Prize
1995
Nagroda na 8 Międzynarodowym Triennale Tkaniny, Łódź
1997
Kobieta Roku
1999
City of Poznan Art Award


Collections

MOMA, New York, USAMUMOK - Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, Austria
National Gallery of Art, Warszawa, Poland
International Collection of Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warszawa, Poland
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
Albertina, Vienna, Austria
Contemporary Graphics Collection, Alberta University, Edmonton, USA
National Museums in Warszawa,Wrocław, Poznań, Szczecin, Poland
Grażyny Kulczyk Collection, Poznań, Poland
Oldenburg Art Museum, Oldenburg, Germany
Grafikens Hus Collection, Mariefred, Sweden
wro Art Center, Wrocław, Poland
Threshold Artspace Collection, Perth, UK
District Museums in Bydgoszcz, Zielona, Poland
Wielkopolskie Society of the Fine Arts, Poznań, Poland
Association for Contemporary Art, Szczecin, Poland
Warmińsko-Mazurskie Association of the Fine Arts, Olsztyn, Poland
Dolnośląskie Association of the Fine Arts, Poland


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