Jann Haworth: Never the Less
August 24, 2017-November 11, 2017
Jann Haworth, a pioneer of “soft sculpture” in the 1960’s, makes art that is poignant and telling, sly and humorous. Haworth is known as an artist who pushes boundaries and assumptions. As a revolutionary in the Pop Art movement, she is widely known as the co-creator of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover, the most important album cover of all time according to Rolling Stone Magazine. Haworth was one of the few practicing and recognized women artists in 1960s London. She purposely created her art from materials with domestic associations such as fabric, thread, and buttons, to address and question preconceived notions about women in art and more broadly women’s roles in society. In an interview with the Tate about her time at the Slade School of Fine Art in London, Haworth said,
“...As one tutor put it, ‘it wasn’t necessary for them to look at the portfolios of the female students...they just needed to look at their photos.’ From that point, it was head-on competition with the male students. I was annoyed enough, and American enough, to take that on. Iwas determined to better them, and that’s one of the reasons for the partly sarcastic choice of cloth, latex and sequins as media. It was a female language to which the male students didn’t have access.”
Jann Haworth has exhibited her art at significant museums around the world, including the Smithsonian, Royal Academy, Walker Art Center, Tate, and many others. Haworth grew up in Hollywood as the daughter of two artist parents and later attended UCLA, the Courtauld Institute in London, and the Slade School of Fine Art.