She: Images of Women by Wallace Berman & Richard Prince

She: Images of Women by Wallace Berman & Richard Prince

by Bruce Conner, Kristine McKenna, Richard Prince
     
 

The use of heterosexual pornography or soft erotica in collage and assemblage is often all too uncritical, but for a few of the California artists who came of age in the early 1950s, its applications were much more nuanced. For example, Wallace Berman's 1957 "Cross" assemblage features a close-up photograph of heterosexual penetration that affirms sex as a "factum…  See more details below

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The use of heterosexual pornography or soft erotica in collage and assemblage is often all too uncritical, but for a few of the California artists who came of age in the early 1950s, its applications were much more nuanced. For example, Wallace Berman's 1957 "Cross" assemblage features a close-up photograph of heterosexual penetration that affirms sex as a "factum fidei" ("true fact," as Berman's inscription went)--its explicitness serving simply as realism. This approach to "girlie magazine" imagery and its polar opposite--the impulse to decommodify sexuality--can both be found in the photographs, paintings and books of Richard Prince, an artist whose fondness for the era of Berman is well known. She traces these overlaps and sympathies with reproductions of previously unseen works by Berman and new images from Prince's Girlfriends and de Kooning series. Also including an interview with Prince, She is edited by Kristine McKenna, whose ongoing work on Wallace Berman and his contemporaries continues to yield exciting discoveries.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781880086209
Publisher:
Michael Kohn Gallery
Publication date:
02/16/2009
Pages:
110
Product dimensions:
10.70(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Wallace Berman was born in 1926 in Staten Island, New York, but moved to Los Angeles's Jewish district with his family in the 1930s. After his expulsion from high school--for gambling--in the 1940s, Berman immersed himself in the growing West Coast jazz scene. By the early 1950s, he was a full-time artist (many historians now consider him to be the father of California assemblage) and a leading figure in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Beat communities, between which he established his influential mail art periodical SEMINA. Berman settled in Topanga Canyon, Los Angeles in 1966, and died there in 1976.

Richard Prince was born in 1949 in the Panama Canal Zone. He has had more than 50 solo exhibitions since 1980, at venues including the Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York; Sadie Coles HO, London; Parco, Tokyo; Regan Projects, Los Angeles; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum Boijmans-Van Beunigen, Rotterdam; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. His books include Why I Go to the Movies Alone (Tanem Press, 1983), Wild History (Tanem Press, 1985), Inside World (Thea Westreich, 1989), Adult Comedy Action Drama (Scalo, 1995), and 4 x 4 (Powerhouse Books, 1997). Prince currently lives and works in New York.

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