Graphite, watercolor and acrylic on handmade paper.
Format of 38 x 56 cm (14.96 x 22.05 in)
Year of realization 2019
Signed on the bottom right of the piece.
Work belonging to the series "Flowers and Thorns". Preliminary of the final work There's no Future.
According to the curator of the exhibition, Jennifer Kabat, Vamps & Virgins exposed the secret history of the pin-up, which reflects the history of the 20th century and shows how the role of women has changed and its images have been employed for over 100 years. "The development of the pin-up and the accompanying spread of scantily clad women in American culture, from advertisements and billboards to television, is easily the most important event to affect women's rights, the history of sexuality and feminism in the last century." Ms. Kabat said. "In this post-modern, post-Playboy world, we're used to our models becoming self-aware, self-confident, self-described feminists, but it wasn't always that way."
In its early days, erotica was far more explicit than contemporary images. Traded privately, these images now have a picturesque feel with their partners (and trios, foursomes and more) sporting serious expressions and often matching outfits. Diminished as the images spread to the general population in postcard form, the model began to wear the camp, coy expressions that are the hallmark of the genre, peaking with Bettie Page. After Page, the style changed again, turning toward the explicit look of the contemporary centerfold.
Museum of Sex (New York)