venerdì 25 novembre 2016

Joan Semmel (born October 19, 1932, New York City) Painter

Joan Semmel

Joan Semmel (nata il 19 Ottobre, 1932, New York) è una femminista americana pittrice, professoressa e scrittrice. Lei è conosciuta molto per la pittura di nudi realistici del proprio corpo come è visto dal suo punto di vista guardando verso il basso.

Perfil infinito (1966)
Oil on linen
76.38h x 67.32w in (194h x 171w cm)

 
Untitled (figure study) (c. 1971)
Mixed media on paper
35h x 22.5w in (88.9h x 57.2w cm)

Green Heart (1971)
Oil on canvas
58h x 48w in (147.32h x 121.92w cm)

 

Flip - Flop Diptych (1971)
Oil on canvas
Diptych; 68h x 136w in (172.72h x 345.44w cm)

Joan Semmel (born October 19, 1932, New York City) is an American feminist painter, professor, and writer. She is best known for painting large scale, realistic nudes of her own body as seen from her perspective looking down.

Education and Political Involvement

Semmel began her artistic training at Cooper Union, where she studied under Nicholas Marsicano. She went on to study with Morris Kantor at the Art Students League of New York before earning a BFA from the Pratt Institute in 1963.
She spent seven years in Spain (1963-1970) painting in the abstract expressionist style. Semmel returned to New York City in 1970 and earned an MFA from the Pratt Institute in 1972. Upon returning to New York in 1970, Semmel was shocked by the number of sexualized images of women she saw on American newsstands. She began to paint in a figurative style, and incorporated the erotic themes for which she is known today. Her MFA thesis show at Pratt consisted of paintings from the First Erotic Series.
In New York, Semmel became involved in the feminist movement and feminist art groups devoted to gender equality in the art world. She has been a member of the Ad Hoc Committee of Women Artists, the Fight Censorship (FC) group, Women in the Arts (WIA), and the Art Workers Coalition (AWC). The Women's Caucus for Art honored Semmel as a 2013 recipient of the organization's Lifetime Achievement Award.
Semmel has taught at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Maryland Institute College of Art. As of 2013, she is Professor Emeritus of Painting at Rutgers University.

Work

First Erotic Series (1970-71)

The First Erotic Series depicts heterosexual couples having sex. The subject matter is explicitly erotic, but the compositions give a nod to abstraction with expressive, unnatural colors and a strong emphasis on individual forms.

Second Erotic Series (1972-73)

Referred to by Semmel as the "fuck paintings," the Second Erotic Series paintings are sharp and realistic but retain the intense, unnatural colors of the First Erotic Series. The paintings are based on photographs of a man and woman having sex, which Semmel took over several sessions with the couple's consent. When no commercial gallery in New York would show the series, Semmel rented space in SoHo and exhibited the work herself, attracting attention from critics. Semmel refused requests by Penthouse and Playboy to publish work from the series. Erotic Yellow (1973) was used without her permission in the “Hot Erotic Art” issue of Screw magazine (May 1974).

Self Portraits

During the summer of 1973, while teaching at the Maryland Art Institute in Baltimore, Semmel began painting what she calls “the idea of myself as I experience myself, my own view of myself.” The self portraits such as Me Without Mirrors (1974) include the artist's body from about the collar bone to the feet and do not include her face. Source photographs for the large-scale paintings were taken by the artist, or in some cases by a friend “as close as possible to the artist’s viewpoint.” Several self-portraits such as Intimacy and Autonomy (1974) include a male partner. In these paintings, “the nude no longer appears as an idealized fantasy, allegorical figure, or landscape of desire but rather as the self-apprehended body of a specific woman.”
Semmel has continued to paint nude self-portraits in the 2000s and 2010s. These self-portraits employ a different perspective, one seen in a mirror and including the camera and the reflection of its flash.

Recent exhibitions

  • "Black Sheep Feminism: The Art of Sexual Politics," Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, TX in 2016
  • “WACK! Art and the Feminist Movement,” touring exhibition which began at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles in 2007
  • “Solitaire: Lee Lozano, Sylvia Plimack Mangold, Joan Semmel”, Wexner Center for the Arts, 2008
  • “Shifting the Gaze”, Jewish Museum, 2010
  • “Nudes”, Alexander Gray Associates, 2011 .
  • “Joan Semmel: A Lucid Eye,” Bronx Museum, 2013.

Museum Collections

Semmel's works are found in museum collections including: the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX; Orange County Museum of Art, CA; Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC; The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY; the Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE; the Jewish Museum (Manhattan), New York; and the Brooklyn Museum, New York.

Recognition

Semmel's awards include the Women’s Caucus for Art Lifetime Achievement Award (2013) the Anonymous Was A Woman Award (2007), the Richard Florsheim Art Fund Grant (1996), Distinguished Alumnus Award, Cooper Union (1985), Yaddo Residency (1980), Macdowell Colony Residency (1977), and National Endowment for the Arts grants (1980, 1985)."

 
Hot Seat (1971)
Oil on canvas 

Untitled (1971)
Oil on canvas 

Untitled (1971)
Oil on canvas
69h x 81w in (175.26h x 205.74w cm) 

Untitled (1971)
Oil on canvas
70h x 81w in (177.8h x 205.74w cm)  

 
Untitled (1971)
Oil on canvas
58h x 69w in (147.32h x 175.26w cm) 

Untitled (1971)
Oil on canvas
69h x 81w in (175.26h x 205.74w cm)  

Hold (1972)
Oil on canvas
72h x 108w in (182.88h x 274.32w cm) 

 Erotic Yellow (1973)
Oil on canvas
72h x 72w in (182.88h x 182.88w cm) 

 Indian Erotic (1973)
Oil on canvas
54h x 72w in (137.16h x 182.88w cm) 

Purple Passion (1973)
Oil on canvas
44h x 86w in (111.76h x 218.44w cm)  

Red White and Blue (1973)
Oil on canvas
48h x 58w in (121.92h x 147.32w cm)  

Me Without Mirrors (1974)
Oil on canvas
52h x 68w in (132.1h x 172.7w cm)  

Intimacy-Autonomy (1974)
Oil on canvas
50h x 98w in (127h x 248.9w cm)

Bathing Andy (1975)
Oil on canvas
68h x 50w in (172.72h x 127w cm) 

Touch (1975)
Oil on canvas
54h x 106w in (137.16h x 269.24w cm)

 
For Foot Fetishists (1977)
Oil on canvas
36h x 50w in (91.44h x 127w cm)  

Pink Fingertips (1977)
Oil on canvas
47h x 57w in (119.38h x 144.78w cm) 

 On the Grass (1978)
Oil on canvas
48h x 74w in (121.92h x 187.96w cm) 

 Zoom Lens (1979)
Oil on canvas
78h x 107w in (198.12h x 271.78w cm) 

Untitled (1980)
Oil crayon and collage on paper
22h x 30.25w in (55.88h x 76.84w cm) 

Pasture (1983)
Oil on canvas
72h x 96w in (182.88h x 243.84w cm) 

 Amagansett Afternoon (1985)
Oil on canvas
78h x 120w in (198.12h x 304.8w cm) 

Beachbody (1985)
Oil on canvas
68h x 68w in (172.72h x 172.72w cm)  

Triangles (1986)
Oil on canvas
68.5h x 78.5w in (173.99h x 199.39w cm) 

 Double Torso (1987)
Oil on canvas
20h x 30w in (50.8h x 76.2w cm) 

 Respite (1987)
Oil on canvas
36h x 48w in (91.44h x 121.92w cm) 

Mirror Mirror (1988)
Oil on canvas
68h x 78w in (172.72h x 198.12w cm)  

Woman With Towel (1989)
Oil on canvas
34h x 24w in (86.36h x 60.96w cm) 

Blow Dry (1990)
Oil on canvas
68h x 78w in (172.72h x 198.12w cm)  

Double Take (1991)
Oil on canvas
68h x 60w in (172.72h x 152.4w cm) 

Bottoms Up (1992)
Oil on canvas
68h x 78w in (172.72h x 198.12w cm)  

A New Eve (1993)
Oil on canvas
68h x 68w in (172.72h x 172.72w cm) 

Hands On (1994)
Oil on canvas
70h x 70w in (177.8h x 177.8w cm)  

Odalesque (1998)
Oil on canvas
54h x 66w in (137.16h x 167.64w cm) 

Close-Up (2001)
Oil on canvas
72h x 62w in (182.88h x 157.48w cm)  

Baroque (2002)
Oil on canvas
42h x 60w in (106.68h x 152.4w cm) 

Four Rings (2003)
Oil on canvas
54h x 44w in (137.16h x 111.76w cm)  

Pink Cushion (2004)
Oil on canvas
44h x 54w in (111.76h x 137.16w cm) 

 Framed (2005)
Oil on canvas
68h x 62w in (172.72h x 157.48w cm) 

 Camera Choreography (2006)
Oil on canvas
76h x 100w in (193.04h x 254w cm) 

Disappearing (2006)
Oil on canvas
54h x 46w in (137.16h x 116.84w cm)  

Untitled (2007)
Oil on canvas
20h x 16w in (50.8h x 40.64w cm) 

Step-Ladder (2008)
Oil on canvas
60h x 48w in (152.4h x 121.92w cm)  

Triptych (2009)
Oil On Canvas
40h x 90w in (101.6h x 228.6w cm) 

Untitled (2010)
Oil on canvas
48h x 36w in (121.92h x 91.44w cm)  

White Drape (2010)
Oil on canvas
60h x 48w in (152.4h x 121.92w cm) 

Unveiling (2011)
Oil On Canvas
48h x 48w in (121.92h x 121.92w cm)  

Transitions (2012)
Oil on canvas
70h x 90w in (177.8h x 228.6w cm)

Skin Patterns (2013)
Oil on canvas
59.5h x 48w in (151.13h x 121.92w cm)  

Transparent Mask (2014)
Oil on canvas
48h x 36w in (121.9h x 91.4w cm) 

Open Hand (2015)
Oil on canvas
66h x 48w in (167.6h x 121.9w cm)  

Aura (2016)
Oil on canvas
72h x 60w in (182.9h x 152.4w cm) 



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