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Betty Tompkins

Sex Painting #4, 2013

Acrylic on canvas
84 × 60 in
213.4 × 152.4 cm
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Brussels, Paris, London, New York , Shanghai
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Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech Gallery Photo: Rebecca Fanuele
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.

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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

Sex Painting #4, 2013

Acrylic on canvas
84 × 60 in
213.4 × 152.4 cm
Contact For Price
location
Brussels, Paris, London, New York , Shanghai
Have a question? Read our FAQ.
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