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In 1969, Betty Tompkins (b. 1945), began working on her large photorealistic pictures in acrylic paints showing details of human bodies in erotic poses. Her work bears testimony to the counter movement against sexual oppression of the sixties and has remained topical to this day

Press Release

The exhibition by Betty Tompkins (b. 1945) at Kunstraum Innsbruck is the first solo exhibition by the American painter at a European art institution. In 1969, the artist, who now lives in New York, began with her large-format, photo-realistic oil paintings of penetrations and masturbations of female genitals, which consequently have been given three titles with consecutive numberings: Fuck, Cunt …

The exhibition by Betty Tompkins (b. 1945) at Kunstraum Innsbruck is the first solo exhibition by the American painter at a European art institution. In 1969, the artist, who now lives in New York, began with her large-format, photo-realistic oil paintings of penetrations and masturbations of female genitals, which consequently have been given three titles with consecutive numberings: Fuck, Cunt or Kiss Painting. As she said herself, the large format gave her the chance at the same time to achieve abstraction and to produce sexual liberali-ty. Which is why subsequently she left everything out …

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Maria-Theresien-Str. 34
Arkadenhof
Innsbruck, AT