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Wanda Ewing is an artist from Omaha who I met this past summer, at a lecture about her work. This month, I interviewed Wanda. We talked about race, body image, feminism, art history, and end with an inquiry into the fundamentalist politics of gender: the conservative outrage behind David Wojnarowicz’s Fire in My Belly being pulled from a museum show, would it be the same if it were a video of the Virgin Mary’s body covered in ants?
If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know I like interpretations of this painting.
I think I’ve identified them all! Special thanks to B. Lautz!
Two favourite scandalous combinations: Both the Courbet and Manet caused a stir with their styles, both influenced by Photography. While the Courbet was a specific commission for the private male gaze, the Manet was a defiant public declaration. Not suprisingly, Kate Moss in a suit, surrounded by two naked models would probably cause a bit of a stir, even today. A woman, in a dominant (well, assertive, really!) role with two nude male nymphs? Outdoors, at a picnic? Both the original painting and Sorrenti’s photograph present relevant interpretations of social taboo.
In Mario Sorrenti’s homage to Courbet, the female embrace of the effeminate probably passes unnoticed, but I believe it is there. I could go on, indefinitely…
It is nearly impossible to study contemporary portraiture and contemporary fashion without seeing Kate Moss. Mario Sorrenti’s intimage portraits of Kate Moss launched his career. Corinne Day captured Kate as the demure trendsetter who was not afraid to ham it up (their beach shoot for The Face in ’96? Can’t pull that off without a sense of humour.) Everyone seems so anti-Kate right these days, saying she should stop modeling because she’s “too old” to model. Well, I hope she changes that. I hope she changes the maxim of being “too old” to model.