I don't mind the desire part, Sylvia Sleigh at CAPC
"A Visceral Eye" the Sylvia Sleigh retrospective is on view at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Bordeaux. In the 1970's Sleigh's paintings featuring male nudes, challenged the tradition of the female nude in painting and along with the feminist movement ushered in a whole host of changes, for which I'm grateful.
In “The Turkish Bath” (1973), Ms. Sleigh borrowed the theme of Ingres’s painting of the same title, but instead of voluptuous harem nudes she depicted a nude man with his back to the viewer strumming a guitar for five nude male companions, among them the critic Lawrence Alloway, her second husband. (She often used her friends, among them well-known artists and critics, as models.)
“I wanted to give my perspective, portraying both sexes with dignity and humanism,” she once said. “It was very necessary to do this because women had often been painted as objects of desire in humiliating poses. I don’t mind the ‘desire’ part, it’s the ‘object’ that’s not very nice.” William Grimes 2010 obituary for the NY Times
|Sylvia Sleigh, Annunciation: Paul Rosano, 1975, oil on canvas, 90 x 52”.|
|At The Turkish Bath, 1976 Oil on Canvas 76” x 100” Smart Museum Collection|
|Sylvia Sleigh, Self Portrait Cropped 107 Blackheath Park: The Red Dress, 1952|