Rrose is a rrose is a rrose. Gender Performance in Photography

Films with cross-dressed protagonists and advertisements featuring androgynous adolescents are just some of the evidence of our contemporary fascination with gender and sexuality. Rrose is a Rrose is a Rrose provides an art-historical perspective on photography that explores and plays with this controversial, sexy subject. The title of this book combines Gertrude Stein’s famous line, “Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose”, with the name of Surrealist artist Marcel Duchamp’s feminine alter ego, Rrose Selavy, pronounced “Eros, c’est la vie”, or “Eros, that’s life”. The reproductions include photographically based artworks made between 1920 and 1940 by Cecil Beaton, Brassai, Duchamp, Hannah Hoch, George Platt Lynes, and Man Ray, among others. Also featured are photographs from the past 25 years by such artists as Janine Antoni, Matthew Barney, Nan Goldin, Jurgen Klauke, Robert Mapplethorpe, Annette Messager, Lucas Samaras, Cindy Sherman, and Andy Warhol.

Text: Blessing Jennifer, Wilson Sarah et al. cm 26,5×34; pp. 224; COL and BW; hardcover with dust jacket. Publisher: Guggenheim Museum, New York, 1997.

ISBN: 9780810969018| 0810969017

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Films with cross-dressed protagonists and advertisements featuring androgynous adolescents are just some of the evidence of our contemporary fascination with gender and sexuality. Rrose is a Rrose is a Rrose provides an art-historical perspective on photography that explores and plays with this controversial, sexy subject. The title of this book combines Gertrude Stein’s famous line, “Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose”, with the name of Surrealist artist Marcel Duchamp’s feminine alter ego, Rrose Selavy, pronounced “Eros, c’est la vie”, or “Eros, that’s life”. The reproductions include photographically based artworks made between 1920 and 1940 by Cecil Beaton, Brassai, Duchamp, Hannah Hoch, George Platt Lynes, and Man Ray, among others. Also featured are photographs from the past 25 years by such artists as Janine Antoni, Matthew Barney, Nan Goldin, Jurgen Klauke, Robert Mapplethorpe, Annette Messager, Lucas Samaras, Cindy Sherman, and Andy Warhol.