Betty Tompkins, ‘Kiss Painting #4’, 2012, Kunstraum Innsbruck
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Betty Tompkins

Kiss Painting #4, 2012

Acrylic on canvas
72 × 60 in
182.9 × 152.4 cm
This is part of a limited edition set.
Location
Innsbruck
About the work
Medium
Painting
Image rights
copyright Betty Tompkins, courtesy the artist and Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, private collection
Betty Tompkins
American, b. 1945
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Rendered in softly airbrushed tones, Betty Tompkins’s photorealist paintings of intimate sexual encounters, including exposed genitalia, penetration, and masturbation, derive from pornography. Though her series of nine “Fuck Paintings” were flagged by French customs officials for pornographic content and withheld from display in 1973, they have since received belated acknowledgment and appreciation. Tompkins carefully crops out faces or body parts to excise narrative detail, enlarging the scale to fill large expanses of wall. By emptying her paintings of signifiers of race, class, time, and circumstance, Tompkins presents erotic encounters between two (or sometimes more) powerfully consonant bodies.

Betty Tompkins, ‘Kiss Painting #4’, 2012, Kunstraum Innsbruck
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About the work
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Image rights
copyright Betty Tompkins, courtesy the artist and Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, private collection
Betty Tompkins
American, b. 1945
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Rendered in softly airbrushed tones, Betty Tompkins’s photorealist paintings of intimate sexual encounters, including exposed genitalia, penetration, and masturbation, derive from pornography. Though her series of nine “Fuck Paintings” were flagged by French customs officials for pornographic content and withheld from display in 1973, they have since received belated acknowledgment and appreciation. Tompkins carefully crops out faces or body parts to excise narrative detail, enlarging the scale to fill large expanses of wall. By emptying her paintings of signifiers of race, class, time, and circumstance, Tompkins presents erotic encounters between two (or sometimes more) powerfully consonant bodies.

Betty Tompkins

Kiss Painting #4, 2012

Acrylic on canvas
72 × 60 in
182.9 × 152.4 cm
This is part of a limited edition set.
Location
Innsbruck
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