The Most Iconic Artists of the 1990s
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Known for her striking and highly choreographed performances using large groups of plainly dressed or nude women, the Italian-American artist Vanessa Beecroft described the details the performance captured in VB52, Castello di Rivoli, Turin, 2003, a work that represents the artist’s preoccupation with food: “At a glass table sat a group of 30 women, nude models, veterans from previous performances, women related to the castle or local aristocrats. The women, following my diet, ate for three consecutive days food served and divided by colors: yellow, orange, red, purple, brown, white, green, brown and multicolored...The audience, which wasn’t allowed to eat, watched the group and their interaction with the food.”
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Deitch Projects, New York
Vanessa Beecroft’s work is largely performance-based, often featuring female models as living art objects that exist somewhere between figure and object, static and dynamic. Much of Beecroft’s work is informed by her personal struggle with an eating disorder and she consistently explores issues of body image and femininity in contemporary culture. Beecroft’s highly choreographed performance works examine what constitutes the perfect body, as well as the role of context in determining the intricate relationship between viewer and viewed. In her 2011 performance VB67, for example, nude female models were assembled among marble and plaster sculptures, subverting the traditional art viewing experience while emphasizing both the affinities and the stark differences between the living women and the sculptures.
Italian, b. 1969, Genoa, Italy, based in New York, New York