POWER UP – Female Pop Art at Kunsthalle Wien
While from an art-historical point of view Pop Art is mainly associated with male protagonists, the exhibition POWER UP – Female Pop Art intends to undertake a revision of this understanding through the presentation of outstanding women artists’ positions.
The work of Sister Corita, like that of Evelyne Axell, Christa Dichgans, Rosalyn Drechsler, Jann Haworth, Dorothy Iannone, Kiki Kogelnik, Marisol, and Niki de Saint Phalle, stands for feminine strategies of artistic self-empowerment during the Pop Art era, particularly in the 1960s. The exhibition does not postulate some genuinely feminine art, but strives to focus on a number of outstanding women artists’ oeuvres in the field of Pop Art and to shed light on their identity-creating practice and their view of women’s role in society which was very much determined by patriarchal notions in the 1960s.
The ladies of the “Années Pop” present strategies of self-empowerment, celebrate female sexuality and lust, draw on pin-ups, excerpts from consumer culture, and fragments of an occasionally very banal everyday world in a bad girl manner, comment upon social changes, and translate personal issues into political ones in their clearly autobiographically tinted oeuvres. Their proto-feminist works counter the affective death of classical Pop Art and its cool and anonymous style. By also employing a traditional female language of forms, using textiles and ornamental elements, and relying on a naïve imagery, their approach idiosyncratically extends the established canon of art.
Sister Corita, Come Alive, 1967, Courtesy Kalfayan Galleries, Athens-Thessaloniki, Abdruck mit Genehmigung des/reprinted with permission from the Corita Art Center, Immaculate Heart Community, Los Angeles
Evelyne Axell, Erotomobile, 1966, Musée d’Ixelles – Museum von Elsene, Belgien, Community Museum of Ixelles, Brussels © Estate of Evelyne Axell und/and VBK, Wien, 2010
Marisol, Ruth, 1962, The Gevitz-Mnuchin Purchase Fund. The Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, © Marisol und/and VBK, Wien, 2010
Rosalyn Drexler, Study for Men and Machines I, 1965, Courtesy The Pace Gallery, © Rosalyn Drexler und/and VBK, Wien, 2010, Foto/photo: Kerry Ryan McFate
Niki de Saint Phalle, Motorcycle Heart (study for King Kong), 1963, Sammlung Niki Chartiabel Art Foundation, im Depot des/stored at MAMAC, Nizza/Nice, © 2010 Niki Charitable Art Foundation, All rights reserved, und/and VBK, Wien, 2010, Foto/photo: Laurent Condominas
Christa Dichgans, Plastikwolke, 1969, Nicole Hackert und Bruno Brunnet, Courtesy Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Foto/photo: Jochen Littkemann, Berlin
POWER UP – Female Pop Art
Evelyne Axell, Sister Corita, Christa Dichgans, Rosalyn Drexler, Jann
Haworth, Dorothy Iannone, Kiki Kogelnik, Marisol, Niki de Saint Phalle
Until February 20, 2011