An installation view of the exhibition COMING TO POWER: 25 years of Sexually X-Plicit Art By Women, at David Zwirner New York, dated 1993.

COMING TO POWER: 25 Years of Sexually X-Plicit Art By Women

Sexual imagery created by and for women has a recent but powerful history. "Coming To Power" pays homage to the first generation of women artists who pioneered a new artistic genre in the mid 60s and early 70s using explicit sexual imagery. Artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Carolee Schneemann, Hannah Wilke and Nancy Spero appropriated this tradition and transformed it into an expression of female freedom and identity. "Coming to Power" also presents the work of a younger generation of female artists. In contrast to the previous generation's more politicized work, the intended impact of the younger artists' work is to elicit sexual excitement as well as express autonomous pleasure, passion and pain. Together both generations engage in a dialogue previously dominated by men and disallowed to women by the taboos in society.

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May 1June 12, 1993
Ellen Cantor
Louise Bourgeois, Alice Neel, Hannah Wilke, Ellen Cantor, Mary Beth Edelson, Doris Kloster, Judith Berinstein, Nancy Spreo, Cindy Sherman, Marilyn Minter, G B Jones, Nancy Grossman, Carolee Schneemann, Yoko Ono, Nan Goldin, Nicole Eisenman, Joan Semmel, Joyce Kozloff, Lorraine O'Grady, Zoe Leonard, Lynda Benglis, Lutz Bacher, Monica Majoli, Nancy Fried, Patricia Cronin



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