In London’s Tate Galleries, there are currently on display some powerful exhibits by women. The close quarters mean that you can soak in all this art during a single visit to London and conveniently transport yourself while taking in the amazing sights. The MBNA Thames Clippers offer ferry routes up and down the River Thames, alongside which the Tate museums are located. These exhibits by female artists denote important cultural and gender touchstones in the twentieth-century world of art.

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Barbara Hepworth - Tate Britain - Amir Shariat Instagram

 

Photo by Amir Shariat

A standout sculptor and master of Modernism, Barbara Hepworth was one of the most influential female English artists ever. She was one of the leaders of abstract art, using materials such as bronze, string, and hardwood as her style progressed. For decades Hepworth lived and worked in a studio and garden in St. Ives, Cornwall, and when she passed away the site was preserved as a museum.

Tate Britain is displaying an exhibition titled Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World through October 25, 2015.

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Tracey Emin - Tate Britain - Amir Shariat Instagram

 

Photo by Amir Shariat

Artist Tracey Emin was inspired to create this installation, My Bed (1998), as a representation of a low point in her life– the unromantic depiction of Emin’s domestic “death bed” is juxtaposed with a background oil painting by Francis Bacon. Emin is an important female figure in the art world because of her frank, open depictions of her own life and sexuality, which have sometimes sparked controversy.

My Bed was shown in the 1999 Turner Prize exhibition and is currently on display at Tate Britain through summer 2016.

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Agnes Martin - Tate Modern - Amir Shariat Instagram

 

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Employing the minimal grid and stripe techniques that would eventually come to define her in the public eye, abstractionist Agnes Martin painted The Islands in 1961. Martin was a strong, independent female figure in an artistic field that had been mainly populated by men up until that point. Although she is most widely known for subtle pencil strokes and pale colors, she experimented with a number of different media as she transitioned from biomorphic abstraction (a technique also pioneered by the aforementioned Barbara Hepworth) to her later styles.

Tate Modern will trace her creative path in a retrospective Agnes Martin exhibition through October 11, 2015