Bow Down is a podcast about significant women artists from the past, hosted by Jennifer Higgie, editor at large at Frieze. Women have been expressing themselves since the beginning of time. Yet, ask around and you’ll find that most people struggle to name even one non-male artist from before the 20th century. For each 20-minute episode, Jennifer invites an artist, writer, historian or curator to nominate an artist to whom we should all … well, bow down. Subscribe to learn more about these radical women, all of whom made – and continue to make – the world a more interesting place.
Lianne La Havas on Frida Kahlo
13:19For this special episode of Bow Down, Jennifer Higgie talks to the brilliant singer and songwriter Lianne La Havas about the influence of art – and in particular, Frida Kahlo – on her life and work.
Dame Magdalene Odundo on Ladi Kwali
18:39The renowned ceramic artist Dame Magdalene Odundo discusses the life and work of the influential Nigerian potter Ladi Kwali, who taught Odundo in the early 1970s and who face adorns the Nigerian 20 Naira bill.
Sally Smart on Bessie Davidson
19:35The artist Sally Smart discusses the life and work of the Australian post-Impressionist artist Bessie Davidson – Smart’s great, great aunt – who migrated to Paris from Adelaide in the early 20th-century.
Duro Olowu on Emma Amos
21:18The fashion designer and curator Duro Olowu discusses the life and work of the American artist and activist Emma Amos, who was the only woman to join the radical African American art collective, Spiral, which was co-founded by Romare Bearden in 1963.
Alison Goldfrapp on Leonora Carrington
19:01The musician and artist Alison Goldfrapp discusses the life and work of the trailblazing British / Mexican surrealist painter and author, Leonora Carrington, who was born in 1917 in the UK and emigrated to Mexico in the 1940s.
Amalia Pica on Lola Mora
20:28The artist Amalia Pica discusses the life and work of the 19th-century Argentinean neo-classicist sculptor and inventor, Lola Mora, who trained in Rome and created one of the best-known fountains in Buenos Aires.
Sonia Boyce on Adrian Piper
21:16The artist and activist Sonia Boyce, who is representing Britain at the 2022 Venice Biennale, discusses issues of race, power and humour in the work of the Berlin-based, radical philosopher and artist Adrian Piper.
Mark Cousins on Kira Muratova
20:43Mark Cousins, the writer and director of the new 14-hour documentary Women Make Film discusses the prolific and underrated Russian/Ukrainian filmmaker Kira Muratova, whose wildly imaginative work was censored by the Soviets.
Bow Down: Series Two Trailer
1:58Bow Down – the podcast about significant female artists who deserve our attention – returns for series 2. Presented by Jennifer Higgie, guests include the artists Sonia Boyce, Amalia Pica and Sally Smart; the filmmaker Mark Cousins; the musician Alison Goldfrapp; potter Magdalene Odundo; curator and fashion designer Duro Olowu and the legendary feminist art-historian Griselda Pollock.
Griselda Pollock on Vera Frenkel
20:28Griselda Pollock, winner of the 2020 Holberg Prize for her ‘profound influence on art history’, discusses the life and work of the Toronto-based artist Vera Frenkel, who for six decades has been a pioneer of new technologies.