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The exhibition will examine work made by contemporary women artists who have incorporated the mirror directly into their art works. The concept is that woman and mirrors have been represented throughout the history of art in a myriad of metaphorical and allegorical associations. In classical times, the mirror was an attribute of Venus, in religious art a mirror is associated with the Virgin Mary, in Renaissance allegory, Venus is associated with vanity and lust via her metaphor, the mirror. The title La Toilette de Venus makes reference to paintings depicting a recumbent female figure regarding her reflection in a mirror. This theme was prevalent in Venetian paintings of the late 15th and early 16th century. From a contemporary perspective there are interesting political, sociological and psychological concerns. The artists included will be Marina Abramovic, Lutz Bacher, Lynda Benglis, Barbara Bloom, Louise Bourgeois, Suzan Etkin, Sylvie Fleury, Diane Hagen, Mona Hatoum, Rebecca Horn, Robin Kahn, Cathleen Lewis, Melissa McGill, Yoko Ono, Katherine Pavlis Porter, Kiki Smith, Joan Synder and Sarah Vanderlip. Visual material available upon request For further information please contact: Richard Desroche, Carla Chammas, Glenn McMillan Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11 –6 NEXT EXHIBTION: Frances Stark: Works on Paper.



Exhibition Title
La Toilette De Venus: Women and Mirrors

On View
September 05, 1996 - October 05, 1996
Participating Artists
Marina Abramovic
Lutz Bacher
Lynda Benglis
Barbara Bloom
Louise Bourgeois
Suzan Etkin
Sylvie Fleury
Diane Hagen
Mona Hatoum
Rebecca Horn
Robin Kahn
Cathleen Lewis
Melissa McGill
Yoko Ono
Kathleen Pavlis Porter
Kiki Smith
Joan Synder
Sarah Vanderlip