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Bodily Abstractions/Fragmented Anatomies

Hauser & Wirth / Monaco / Art

In an essay of 1994, addressing the work of Louise Bourgeois and Cindy Sherman, the late art historian Linda Nochlin wrote, “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.” Nochlin’s essay is the starting point for this exhibition, which looks at the body through varying degrees of abstraction and fragmentation. As modern artists discovered, when the body is depicted as separate moving parts, gendered preconceptions are left behind. This exhibition acknowledges Nochlin through the works of females masters such as Bourgeois, Sherman, Berlinde de Bruyckere, Eva Hesse, and Pipolitti Rist. —E.C.

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