Among the portraits, the work of
is especially charged. Tompkins has been painting her series of so-called “Fuck Paintings” since the late 1960s, but, as she has described
, “My career…began in 2002.” Her photorealistic, often-large-scale images, such as Sex Painting #4
(2013), are sourced from black-and-white photographs of sexual encounters or genitaliae. More tame, but no less erotic, is ’s The Dream of the Doctor
(1997), a genre scene showing a doctor examining a woman whose breasts are bared. We know this only by a bra slung over the top of a dividing screen, in the form of a large, tan rectangle, which anonymizes both patient and physician—a semi-abstract redaction.