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Ana Mendieta

Untitled (Amategram), 1981

Acrylic on amate (Mexican bark paper)
16 × 11 1/2 in
40.6 × 29.2 cm
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Heritage Auctions

Framed: 24.5in x 19.5in x 1.5in

The Cuban-born, multi-media feminist artist Ana Mendieta gained …

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Framed: 24.5in x 19.5in x 1.5in

The Cuban-born, multi-media feminist artist Ana Mendieta gained international renown during the 1970s for her "earth-body" performance-sculptures; in these, she caked her own nude body with natural substances like mud, blood, leaves, grass, or sand and then photographed …

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Ana Mendieta
American, Cuban born, 1948–1985
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An influential artist best known for her “earth-body” performances, as she called them, Ana Mendieta explored her identity as a female emigrant in work that also encompassed photography, film, and sculpture. Exiled from Cuba at the age of 12 and sent to an orphanage in Iowa, Mendieta used the earth as a site to address issues of displacement, impressing her body in various outdoor locations and recording its imprint in photographs and video. In these Silueta works, performed from 1973–77, she would often fill in the silhouette of her body with materials including rocks, twigs, flowers, and blood, combining a concern with primal rituals and a modern, feminist sensibility. Mendieta wanted to invoke the “magic, knowledge, and power of primitive art…to express the immediacy of life and the eternity of nature,” as she once said. In other works she smeared herself with blood, or used it to trace her outline. She tragically died, aged 36, in New York when she fell from her 34th-floor apartment window; her husband, the artist Carl Andre, was acquitted of her murder.

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About the work
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Framed: 24.5in x 19.5in x 1.5in

The Cuban-born, multi-media feminist artist Ana Mendieta gained …

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Framed: 24.5in x 19.5in x 1.5in

The Cuban-born, multi-media feminist artist Ana Mendieta gained international renown during the 1970s for her "earth-body" performance-sculptures; in these, she caked her own nude body with natural substances like mud, blood, leaves, grass, or sand and then photographed …

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Ana Mendieta
American, Cuban born, 1948–1985
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An influential artist best known for her “earth-body” performances, as she called them, Ana Mendieta explored her identity as a female emigrant in work that also encompassed photography, film, and sculpture. Exiled from Cuba at the age of 12 and sent to an orphanage in Iowa, Mendieta used the earth as a site to address issues of displacement, impressing her body in various outdoor locations and recording its imprint in photographs and video. In these Silueta works, performed from 1973–77, she would often fill in the silhouette of her body with materials including rocks, twigs, flowers, and blood, combining a concern with primal rituals and a modern, feminist sensibility. Mendieta wanted to invoke the “magic, knowledge, and power of primitive art…to express the immediacy of life and the eternity of nature,” as she once said. In other works she smeared herself with blood, or used it to trace her outline. She tragically died, aged 36, in New York when she fell from her 34th-floor apartment window; her husband, the artist Carl Andre, was acquitted of her murder.

Ana Mendieta

Untitled (Amategram), 1981

Acrylic on amate (Mexican bark paper)
16 × 11 1/2 in
40.6 × 29.2 cm
Bidding closed
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