Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Annette Messager, Les Uterus Fleurissent (The Uterus Flower), Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, 2017, ed. 100


A really powerful double-sided accordion by this well-known French artist in which she insists on her autonomy when it comes to her own desires and pleasure. The following quote is taken from the description of the book on her gallery's website: 

"Annette Messager has created numerous artist books over the past 40 years. This new leporello-style artist book offers a partial response to the issue that matters of the female body and a concern that women's desire —and especially their ability to openly express it—continues to be met with resistance. Indeed isn't this desire—women's desire—precisely the desire to be able to, as females, manifest, affirm, and express themselves?"

For an excellent review by Joseph Nechvatal of a 2016 show Messager had at the Marian Goodman Gallery in Paris, he addresses how she "...deploys an iconography of anti-patriarchal anger rooted in the female body," see:
https://hyperallergic.com/344804/a-uterus-flipping-the-bird-and-other-images-of-feminist-exasperation/


20 pages, double-sided, each page 3.25"(h) and 2"(w), when opened 2ft 2".





This text on the back of the accordion reads: 
"To my wish to my desire to my will to my pleasure to my desire to my soul's passions" 


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