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    • Vir Heroicus Sublimis.

    • Vir Heroicus Sublimis.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Abstract paintings; Abstract works; Colors

    • "The assertive flatness of the implacable field of red is emphasized by the linear vertical 'zips'. Rather than functioning as 'drawing' within space, these reinforce and delimit the space as a whole. White 'zips' in Newman's works also evoke...
    • Scratching Both Walls at Once, film still.

    • Scratching Both Walls at Once, film still.

    • Performance art; Video recording; Motion pictures; Film stills; Myths; Fairy tales; Allusions; Artificial limbs; Artists; Women; Hairstyles; Posing; Interiors; Rooms & spaces; Architectural elements; Walls; Windows

    • Film still from recorded performance. "Rebecca Horn's early performances involved her strapping surreal prostheses to her body or wearing elaborate costumes. The allusions to fairy tale and myth were unmistakable but rarely specific. Since...
    • The Alcoholic.

    • The Alcoholic.

    • Photographs; Composite photographs; Montages; Justice; Social justice; Social values; Economic & social conditions; Moral & ethical aspects; Ethics; Alcoholism; Men; Sleeping; Artists; Sculptors; Photographers; Heads (Anatomy); Faces;...

    • "Gilbert and George's presence in their photo-works can be seen as an extension of their early performance activities. They often stand apart from the other imagery in the pieces as though acknowledging the artifice involved. Moral conundrums...
    • Magritte beside The Savage (Le barbare).

    • Magritte beside The Savage (Le barbare).

    • Photographs; Portrait photographs; Portraits; Men; Adults; Artists; Painters (Artists); Sculptors; Photographers; Posing; Clothing & dress; Bowler hats; Hats; Headgear; Coats; Paintings; Oil paintings; Allusions; Literature; Illustrations;...

    • Painting destroyed during the London blitz (photograph shows the artist, 1938, [and Fantomas, a character in the early twentieth-century pulp fiction novels by Pierre Souvestre and Marcel Allain.]). The Savage (Le barbare): c. 1928.
    • Britain Seen from the North.

    • Britain Seen from the North.

    • Sculpture; Mixed media; Maps; Recycling; Conservation of natural resources; Economics; Economic & political systems; Political issues; Politics & government

    • "It was not until the end of the 1970s, in the work of a new generation of sculptors including Tony Cragg, Richard Deacon, Anish Kapoor, and Bill Woodrow, that the sculptural object as such, in relation to human or urban themes, reassumed...
    • Manhattan.

    • Manhattan.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Abstract works; Abstract paintings

    • "Wols's painted surfaces register a variety of different activities. Paint was stenciled, smeared, trickled, or thrown onto his canvases. Markings were incised using the artist's fingers or sticks. In essence, though, these images were more...
    • Blaze, detail.

    • Blaze, detail.

    • Paintings; Abstract paintings; Abstract works; Optical illusions; Hallucinations & illusions; Details

    • "Riley's 'Op' paintings of the early 1960s were exclusively in black and white although, as her critical mentor the psychologist Anton Ehrenzweig noted, they could generate disembodied sensations of color. She was to begin incorporating color...
    • Evadne in Green Dimension.

    • Evadne in Green Dimension.

    • Collages; Commercialism; Advertisements; Advertising; Lust; Sex; Genitals; Body parts; Diagrams; Drawings; Men; Women; Passengers; People associated with transportation; People associated with entertainment & sports; Strong men; Muscles;...

    • "In this collage elements such as Charles Atlas and the diagrammatized penis were pasted over a female 'art' pinup (the 'Evadne in Green Dimension' of the work's title), as though allegorizing the artist's arousal." (Caption, p.96);...
    • Bojewyan Farms.

    • Bojewyan Farms.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Abstract paintings; Abstract works; Agriculture; Agricultural productivity; Croplands; Farms; Farming; Economics; Economic & social conditions; Landscapes (Representations); Villages; Coastlines; Animals

    • "Bojewyan is a small village near St. Just in Cornwall, England. At the time of the painting local farmsteads were falling empty because they were uneconomic. Lanyon saw this as a serious threat to the region. His painting contains hints of a...
    • Le Metafisyx.

    • Le Metafisyx.

    • Paintings; Mixed media; Women; Nudes; Beauty; Aesthetics; Body image; Human body; Body parts

    • Corps de Dames series, 1950; "Child art, which had been a major source of interest for early twentieth-century modernists such as Joan Miró or Paul Klee, was a source here. This was annexed to an adult desire to recover primordial fantasies...
    • Young Virgin Auto-Sodomized by the Horns of her Own Chastity.

    • Young Virgin Auto-Sodomized by the Horns of her Own Chastity.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Fantasy; Symbols; Sex; Lust; Erotica; Women; Nudes; Backs (Anatomy); Buttocks; Breasts; Shoes; Footwear; Horns (Animal); Clouds; Walls; Architectural elements; Structural elements; Railings; Shadows; Artists' signatures

    • "Dali prided himself on being the world's greatest ever painter of the female posterior." (Caption); "It was probably early in 1950 that Emmanuel Looten, a little-known Flemish poet, had made Dali the unexpected and 'gelatinous' gift...
    • Leda Atomica.

    • Leda Atomica.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Fantasy; Symbols; Myths; Legends; Mathematics; Physics; Atoms; Portraits; Women; Spouses; Nudes; Breasts; Hairstyles; Sitting; Gestures; Floating; Flying; Birds; Swans; Animals; Cliffs; Beaches; Coastlines; Seas; Bodies of...

    • "Gala-Leda rendered 'in accordance with the modern "nothing touches" theory of intra-atomic physica' (Dali)." (Caption); Dali himself was only too happy to admit his debt to Gala. In the early 1930s he had begun to sign his...
    • Imperial Monument to the Child-Woman.

    • Imperial Monument to the Child-Woman.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Fantasy; Symbols; Allusions; Sex; Lust; Relations between the sexes; Love; Worry; Fear; Disgrace; Anxiety; Distress; Women; Men; Couples; Spouses; Fathers; Families; Family; Faces; Heads (Anatomy); Body parts; Buttocks;...

    • "The Child-Woman is Gala, who appears here for the first time in Dali's work." (Caption); "Meanwhile, Dali had painted the first major work in which he alluded directly to the relationship with Gala that was partially to blame for...
    • Illumined Pleasures.

    • Illumined Pleasures.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Fantasy; Symbols; Allusions; Sex; Lust; Relations between the sexes; Fear; Disgrace; Anxiety; Distress; Psychiatry; Psychotherapy; Portraits; Self-portraits; Women; Men; Fathers; Families; Family; Spouses; Mothers; Heads...

    • "One of Dali's most Freudian paintings. Indeed, the elderly gentleman helping the lady in distress seems to be Freud himself, borrowed from [Max] Ernst's Pietà or Revolution by Night." (Caption); "Illumined Pleasures is one Dali's...
    • Red Room (Child), installation.

    • Red Room (Child), installation.

    • Sculpture; Rooms & spaces; Interiors; Fantasy; Allusions; Children; Families; Symbols; Colors; Thread; Glassware; Lanterns; Light fixtures; Lamps; Animals; Heads (Anatomy); Hourglasses; Shelving; Furniture; Pedestals

    • "The color red, connotative of intense passion, predominated in the two cramped spaces forming this installation. One important theme here was regressive psychological fantasy. But there was also a sense that ancient knowledge was being...
    • Red Room (Child), installation, detail.

    • Red Room (Child), installation, detail.

    • Sculpture; Rooms & spaces; Interiors; Fantasy; Allusions; Children; Families; Symbols; Colors; Thread; Glassware; Pedestals; Details

    • "The color red, connotative of intense passion, predominated in the two cramped spaces forming this installation. One important theme here was regressive psychological fantasy. But there was also a sense that ancient knowledge was being...
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