A Young man at Home on West 20th Street, NYC 1966
There is nothing politically correct here. His representation of women isn't so clear-cut and depicts a bizarre and very American world of ageing divorcees, 70s pin-ups and cliché gay couples. Currin wants viewers to feel uncomfortable and enjoy it.
National Gallery of Canada
Performance Artist that explores her body in public, upsetting social codes, and to adopt strategies that destroy myths about what is female, the body, its representation and identity.
I only used the one image which presents the strongest moment of the performance itself, and can therefore stand on its own as a photograph… . The audience can, by reading the text description, and by looking at one single photograph, imagine the rest in their minds. -– Marina Abramovic
LIPS OF THOMAS
I slowly eat 1 kilo of honey with a silver spoon.
I slowly drink 1 liter of red wine out of a crystal glass.
I break the glass with my right hand.
I cut a five pointed star on my stomach with a razor blade.
I violently whip myself until I no longer feel any pain.
I lay down on a cross made of ice blocks.
The heat of a suspended space heater pointed at my stomach
Causes the cut star to bleed.
The rest of my body begins to freeze
I remain on the ice cross for 30 minutes until the audience interrupts the piece by removing the ice blocks from underneath.
Duration: 2 hours 1975