Helen Chadwick

The Oval Court

Helen Chadwick: The Oval Court, by Marina Warner is an illustrated exploration of Helen Chadwick's erotic, playful, and fierce 1986 installation.


Despite the work's recognition as a feminist monument of rare intensity, it has rarely been shown or discussed since the author's catalogue essay for the original exhibition. Warner here reconsiders Chadwick's influence as an artist who helped to shift conventional aesthetics and transvalue despised, even abominated forms. Exploring the work's richly layered composition in light of intervening years, Warner shows how Chadwick's imagination has shaped many artists' ideas and ethics, and emboldened their adventures with materials.



The book will be published on 26 July and is available for pre-order here

June 28, 2022