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Karen Finley

American, b. 1956

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Karen Finley

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American, b. 1956

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Biography

Since the 1970s, fearless conceptual artist Karen Finley has been foregrounding taboo issues surrounding sexuality, violence, celebrity, and the positioning of women in society in her no-holds-barred work. Known primarily for her searing performances, she also works in a range of other media, including music, writing, painting, and installation, choosing the method best suited to her ideas. Among the most famous of her many career-defining moments was her involvement in a lawsuit against the NEA, whose “decency clause” was invoked to cut funding of her work in 1990. Her projects, from subversively raunchy punk music rants to a public exploration that paired “sexting” with art consumption, provoke controversy and dialogue. For Finley, that means she is doing her job right: “I think that what the artist does is to subvert a thinking, to offer a different perspective,” she says.

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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
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Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Biography

Since the 1970s, fearless conceptual artist Karen Finley has been foregrounding taboo issues surrounding sexuality, violence, celebrity, and the positioning of women in society in her no-holds-barred work. Known primarily for her searing performances, she also works in a range of other media, including music, writing, painting, and installation, choosing the method best suited to her ideas. Among the most famous of her many career-defining moments was her involvement in a lawsuit against the NEA, whose “decency clause” was invoked to cut funding of her work in 1990. Her projects, from subversively raunchy punk music rants to a public exploration that paired “sexting” with art consumption, provoke controversy and dialogue. For Finley, that means she is doing her job right: “I think that what the artist does is to subvert a thinking, to offer a different perspective,” she says.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more