Diver, Red Fish By Laurie Simmons
Yinka Shonibare, Leisure Lady (With Ocelots), 2001
From the National Museum of African Art:
Shonibare has made a number of works engaged with leisure pursuits and their attendant associations of class, from his depiction of a British fox hunt to sculptures of exquisitely attired children and adults fishing, riding unicycles and walking on stilts—the latter a playful expression of their elevated social status. As the artist says, “To be in a position to engage in leisure pursuits, you need spare time and money buys you spare time. Whilst the leisure pursuit might look frivolous … my depiction of it is a way of engaging in that power.”
Leisure Lady (with ocelots) features a “lady of leisure” promenading ostentatiously with her three leashed wild cats. Nineteenth-century fashionability, exoticism and the taming or subordination of nature are themes embodied in this work. It is no coincidence that the patterning on the Dutch wax costume worn by Shonibare’s leisure lady features clocks—a symbol of time and its rich abundance.
George Segal - Couple on a Black Bed
Ghost, Ghost II, 2009
Polyurethane (fourteen parts)
30 3/8 x 33 1/2 x 24 5/8 inches
(77 x 85 x 62.5 cm)
Sarah Lucas - Pauline Bunny
Barbara Kruger on artnet Auctions
Untitled (Belief + Doubt = Sanity) combines Barbara Kruger’s bold text and graphics to appear like the propaganda posters that have become Kruger’s signature.
Suggesting themes of struggle, power, and control, Kruger’s image addresses complicated issues such as desire, sexism, and consumerism, and encourages the viewer to question their own perceptions of these taboo topics.
Tracey Emin - Pelvis High
Eva Hesse - Sans I
Lynn Hershman Leeson - Wrapped
Tracey Emin - Sometimes the Dress is Worth More Than the Money (still)
Lynn Hershman Leeson, SEDUCTION, 1988.
Jacob Lawrence, Dreams No. 2, 1965
From the Smithsonian American Art Museum:
Jacob Lawrence was inspired by the women in his Harlem neighborhood. Like his own mother, they worked hard to support their families and survived on very little money. In this painting a girl rests on a chair in front of two large windows. In one, a tall, elegant lady stands with a bouquet of flowers and in the other, a bride and groom dance and throw confetti. Windows and doorways were focal points of New York’s brownstone neighborhoods, creating a link to life on the streets outside. But the bride and groom are clearly in a landscape beyond the city, and in this sense the windows have become screens onto which the young woman projects her fantasies.