By Kathleen Wentrack
Schneemann and Murray-Wassink take the body of the artist, themselves as producers of images and meaning, and place themselves in the position of object in their work. They choose subject matter in which the body of the artist and the social body interact, They aim to liberate sexuality, eroticism and pleasure for themselves as part of a larger project to infiltrate established psychological and societal structures in regards to sexuality. More than most contemporary artists, they undermine the mind/body split of traditional Western thought. Double Trouble provides a fertile juxtaposition of two bodies of work, putting unlikely artists together, an original feminist with a gay male artist of a later generation. These types of investigations can only help further our understanding of art, specifically, and social conventions, in general.
When studying art history at the University of Amsterdam a fellow student asked what I was specializing in? When I answered feminist art, I was told it was passť and had been done. I wondered what world he was living in. While so much has been accomplished, the work is not done. Things still have not changed to bring about true sex and gender equality. The current exhibition offers a glimpse at two artists' work: one who has accomplished so much in her long productive career, but without the proper acknowledgment; the other, a young gay artist who mines her history and that of feminism for new explorations to open our eyes and change the world. A big task still lies ahead of us all.
Independent Art Historian
New York City
I would like to thank John Hughes and Debra Wacks, and of course Carolee Schneemann and Sands
"Double Trouble" copyright © Kathleen Wentrack, 2001
|Carolee Schneemann was born in Fox Chase, Pennsylvania. She lives and works in New Paltz, New York and New York City.
Detailed information about Carolee Schneemann, her work and history can be found at
here for films (and films on video) by Carolee
|Sands Murray-Wassink born male to Marjorie Horwitz-Murray and Ragen Murray, 17 March 1974, 1:50 am in Topeka, Kansas U.S.A., Stormont-Vail Hospital. Lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands with his Dutch husband (born 1971) Robin Wassink-Murray. Younger sister, Laura Rebecca Murray born 11 July, 1978, she lives and works in Santo Domingo, Gazcue, Republica Dominicana.
to visit his personal webpage.
|Kathleen Wentrack is an art historian based in New York City. A Ph.D. candidate at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, she is currently working on her dissertation on feminist performance art of the 1970s. She has written on contemporary art and European art between the two World Wars, and teaches for the City University of New York. She holds a Master's degree in art history from the University of Amsterdam.
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