Tate Britain Talk

Artist's Talk: Jenny Saville

Jenny Saville Reverse 2002-3, Courtesy of Larry Gagosian

Jenny Saville Reverse 2002-3, Courtesy of Larry Gagosian

Join British figurative painter Jenny Saville for a special conversation exploring her work

The British figurative painter Jenny Saville is known for her stark and challenging, yet highly-sensuous depictions of the human body. Captivated by the aesthetic and formal possibilities of capturing the materiality of flesh, Saville's large-scale nudes and self-portraits frequently depict the honest and often unflattering realities of the human form.

In celebration of the launch of a new monograph of her works, this event is a rare opportunity to hear Saville in conversation. Joined by Elena Crippa, Curator of Modern and Contemporary British Art at Tate Britain, they will discuss Saville's career, from her early days as one of the original members of the Young British Artists, to her reputation as a 'feminist' artist, famous for challenging accepted beauty ideals. This talk will also include an opportunity for audience questions and contributions.

Saville's work Reverse (2002-3) is currently on view as part of the All Too Human exhibition at Tate Britain until August 27, 2018.

This event is in partnership with Rizzoli and Gagosian.


Jenny Saville was born in 1970 in Cambridge, England. She received her B.A. Honors Fine Art from Glasgow School of Art, Scotland. Recent solo museum exhibitions include Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Rome (2005); Norton Museum of Art, Florida (2011, traveled to the Museum of Modern Art Oxford, England, through 2012); Jenny Saville Drawing, Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Oxford, United Kingdom (2015-16); and Now: Jenny Saville, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (2018). Saville's works are featured in several public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Broad, Los Angeles; and Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. Saville's work was included in the 50th Biennale di Venezia in 2003. Saville currently lives and works in Oxford, England.

Tate Britain

The Clore Auditorium

London SW1P 4RG
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Date & Time

14 November 2018 at 18.30–20.00