- Eleanor Antin New York, USA, 1935
- Edition/serial number:Unlimited
- Media description:Video (Digital Betacam and DVD)
- Duration:38 min.
- Colour:Black and white
- Category: Video, Performance
- Entry date:2007
- Register number:AD04660
- Image credit:Courtesy of Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York (http://www.eai.org)
Representational Painting, Antin’s first video piece, delves into feminist critique by offering a response to the traditional film text found in narrative cinema, in which the masculine gaze tends to represent women as an object of erotic pleasure. This work can be situated along the lines of the very important critical theory developed shortly thereafter by Laura Mulvey. Similarly, it reflects on the subjection of women obliged to follow the conventionalisms set by society regarding female beauty. Here Antin objectifies her own face and makes it the medium for an “artistic” transformation, as if make-up were the only language allowed to women artists. Reading between the lines, it is also possible to detect a challenge to a pictorial movement associated with the masculine creative genius, Abstract Expressionism, that Antin cultivated in her formative years.
Houston : Contemporary Arts Museum, 1977.
Laguna Beach (California) : Laguna Beach Museum of Art, 1981.
London ; New York : Routledge, 1999.