Talk: Eleanor Nairne on Betty Parsons, Alison Jacques Gallery

30 October 2019


Join Eleanor Nairne, Curator at the Barbican Art Gallery, London, for an introduction to the exhibition Betty Parsons: The Queen of the Circus, on view at Alison Jacques Gallery until 9 November.


Nairne will provide insights into the twentieth-century American avant-garde of which Parsons was a leading figure, following the opening of her hugely influential New York gallery in 1946. The artist's rigorous and experimental practice - a unique contribution to post-war abstraction - will also be explored, drawing upon the paintings and sculptures in the show which span across three decades.


Nairne's recent exhibition, Lee Krasner: Living Colour (2019), celebrated the work and life of an artist who, like Parsons, was a pioneering figure of Abstract Expressionism. Krasner in fact received her first solo exhibition at the invitation of Parsons: her paintings were displayed at the Betty Parsons Gallery in 1951.

About Eleanor Nairne

Joining the Barbican as Curator in 2015, Nairne's exhibitions include Basquiat: Boom for Real (2017) and Imran Qureshi: Where the Shadows are so Deep (2016). She is a regular catalogue author, a contributor to frieze and a previous Jerwood Writer in Residence.