Bodily Abstractions / Fragmented Anatomies

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Bodily Abstractions / Fragmented Anatomies

Monaco

Bodily Abstractions / Fragmented Anatomies
to Sat 30 Apr 2022
Tue-Sat 12-8pm

Artworks

Nature Study #6, 1995

Pink marble
48.3 x 88.9 x 61 cm / 19 x 35 x 24 in
© The Easton Foundation / ADAGP, Paris 2021. Courtesy the Foundation and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography Zürich

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Sjemkel III, 2020, 2020

Wax, animal hair, silicone, textile, polyurethane, metal, epoxy
196 x 72 x 34 cm / 77 1/8 x 28 3/8 x 13 3/8 in
© Berlinde De Bruyckere. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. 
Photo: Mirjam Devriendt

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No title, 1960

Oil on Masonite
40 x 30.5 cm / 15 3/4 x 12 in

© The Estate of Eva Hesse. 
Courtesy Hauser & Wirth

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Selbstportrait als Einäugige (Self Portrait as One Eyed), 1997

Oil on canvas
125 x 100 cm
Ursula Hauser Collection, Switzerland © Maria Lassnig Foundation

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No title, 1962-1963

Oil on canvas over wood
6.3 x 16.5 cm / 2 1/2 x 6 1/2 in
© The Estate of Lee Lozano. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth
. Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography Zürich

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Nives, la petite-fille illuminée (noir blanc) (Familie Elektrobranche), 2020

Swimsuit, round metal lamp shade skeleton, frosted glass spherical lamp, fabric cable and plug, clothes hanger, ribbons
82 x 42 x 42 cm / 32 1/4 x 16 1/2 x 16 1/2 in
© Pipilotti Rist
. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Atelier Rist

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Herbier bleu I (Blue Herbarium I), 1972

Polyester, polychromatic cardboard
65 x 47.6 x 2 cm / 25 5/8 x 18 3/4 x 3/4 inches
© ADAGP, Paris. Courtesy The Estate of Alina Szapocnikow / Piotr Stanislawski / Galerie Loevenbruck, Paris / Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Thomas Barratt

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This exhibition focuses on artists whose work approaches the body and anatomy in complex ways through degrees of abstraction or fragmentation. In doing so, these artists both subvert the way the body has been traditionally represented in the history of art and the conventions surrounding the (classical or modern) fragment. While it highlights the work of women artists, it also includes work which challenges gender stereotyping and binary or cis-gender categories in favour of gender fluidity, often expressed through a fluidity of bodily form. The show simultaneously addresses new concepts of previously gender-defined strength, sexuality, fragility or illness, love, violence, tenderness, and human relations.

Taking its inspiration in part from Linda Nochlin’s essay ‘The Body in Pieces: The Fragment as a Metaphor of Modernity’ (1994), this exhibition will review these ideas through the work of some of the twentieth and twenty-first century’s masters including Louise Bourgeois, Berlinde de Bruyckere, Ellen Gallagher, Eva Hesse, Lee Lozano, Anna Maria Maiolino, Christina Quarles, Cindy Sherman, Pipilotti Rist and Alina Szapocznikow among others. As Nochlin wrote in relation to the work of Louise Bourgeois and Cindy Sherman, among others, “the postmodern body, from the vantage-point of these artists and many others, is conceived of uniquely as the ‘body-in-pieces’: the very notion of a unified, unambiguously gendered subject is rendered suspect in their work.”

‘Bodily Abstractions / Fragmented Anatomies’ explores a variety of aesthetic approaches and techniques such as abstracting, fragmenting, cropping, juxtaposition, mutation and mutilation. The works subvert the fetishization of the female or traditionally gendered body, or its reduction to sexualized parts and surface appearances, and replace it with works that address female centred or non-binary experience, the outward manifestation of interior feeling, profound psychological states, and intellect.

all images © the gallery and the artist(s)


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