Betty Tompkins, ‘Untitled’, c. 1970, Photography, Gelatin silver print, Rago/Wright
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Betty Tompkins

Untitled, c. 1970

Gelatin silver print
19 3/4 × 23 3/4 in
50.2 × 60.3 cm
Edition 13/25
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Signed and numbered to verso '13/25 Betty Tompkins'. This work is number 13 from the …

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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.

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Signed and numbered to verso '13/25 Betty Tompkins'. This work is number 13 from the edition of 25.

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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

Untitled, c. 1970

Gelatin silver print
19 3/4 × 23 3/4 in
50.2 × 60.3 cm
Edition 13/25
.
Bidding closed
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