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Susan Hauptman

High Heel Shoe, c. 1983

Graphite, charcoal and pastel on paper
17 × 23 3/4 in
43.2 × 60.3 cm
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Susan Hauptman
American, b. 1947
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A ghostly black-and-white visage gazes solemnly out of Susan Hauptman’s life-size photorealistic self-portraits. Assuming various ambiguously gendered identities—dressed in clownish garb, a negligee, or conventional dress, and usually sporting a buzz-cut—Hauptmann subverts traditional representations of the female form, at once embodying and undermining gender stereotypes. Absurdist motifs and objects recur in Hauptman’s work, sometimes assuming symbolic value: a vase or a birthday cake, her dog or the face of her husband. In its more androgynous, sexualized iterations, Hauptman’s self-portraiture has drawn comparisons with Otto Dix’s depictions of prostitutes.

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About the work
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Susan Hauptman
American, b. 1947
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A ghostly black-and-white visage gazes solemnly out of Susan Hauptman’s life-size photorealistic self-portraits. Assuming various ambiguously gendered identities—dressed in clownish garb, a negligee, or conventional dress, and usually sporting a buzz-cut—Hauptmann subverts traditional representations of the female form, at once embodying and undermining gender stereotypes. Absurdist motifs and objects recur in Hauptman’s work, sometimes assuming symbolic value: a vase or a birthday cake, her dog or the face of her husband. In its more androgynous, sexualized iterations, Hauptman’s self-portraiture has drawn comparisons with Otto Dix’s depictions of prostitutes.

Susan Hauptman

High Heel Shoe, c. 1983

Graphite, charcoal and pastel on paper
17 × 23 3/4 in
43.2 × 60.3 cm
Bidding closed
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