The Politics of the Body According to Carolee Schneemann at the Barbican Art Gallery

The Politics of the Body According to Carolee Schneemann at the Barbican Art Gallery
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The sufferings of a precarious and anonymous humanity in the context of war, from Vietnam to the Lebanese civil war, as well as the September 11th attacks, and the artist’s own struggles against disease. The Barbican Art Gallery celebrates the American Carolee Schneemann, radical and iconic painter and feminist, with an exhbition, the largest since her death in 2019. Retracing her diversified, transgressive and interdisciplinary work over the course of six decades, the exhibition, entitled Carolee Schneemann: Body Politics, winds through the extraordinary gamma of the artist’s creations through over 300 objects on loan from the Carolee Schneemann Foundation and numerous private and public collections, including paintings, sculptural assemblies, performance photos, films and large-scale multimedia installations, as well as sheet music, sketches and costumes. The awareness, on the part of the artist, of her own body as a point of departure, inextricably connected to society and the environment, brought about the title of the exhibition. While in her first works on canvas, Schneemann offered an influx of American abstract expressionism and the style of Cézanne, from the early Sixties, she sought to expand her works beyond the limits of the frame, incorporating found objects and fragments of daily life to produce “painting-constructions” and “construction-boxes”.

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