A Woman’s Right to Pleasure at Sotheby’s LA
A Woman’s Right to Pleasure: The LA Exhibit Rewriting the History of Female Sexuality
Artists like Nan Goldin, Tracey Emin and Reka Nyari participate in ‘BlackBook Presents: A Woman’s Right to Pleasure’ at Sotheby’s LA
A playful and provocative look at female sexuality is at the center of a Sotheby’s exhibition-sale. “A Woman’s Right to Pleasure”, created in collaboration with BlackBook and inspired by the tome of the same name, traces the female experience over the past century in a reframing of traditional narratives.
Sexuality is seen through the lens of female artists, with works by Nan Goldin, Penny Slinger, Reka Nyari, Tracey Emin, Judy Chicago, Jenny Holzer, Marilyn Minter, Betty Tompkins, Alexandra Rubinstein and Louise Bourgeois showcasing sexuality women through a multitude of mediums. Works of art, encompassing prints, photographs, oil paintings and neon, draw inspiration from both traditional and contemporary multimedia.
Tracey Emin, Blinding, light blue neon. Executed in 2008, this work is number 8 from an edition of 10, plus 2 artist’s proofs. Provenance: the artist
The pieces consider both classic patterns and cheeky double meanings, from Reka Nyari Cat print, which mixes the linguistic and the sexual, with Penny Slinger’s reworking of everyday motifs. With a slight shift in perspective, domestic objects, long symbols of female repression, become markers of female pleasure.
Judy Chicago celebrates the tactility of unexpected materials with Submerged/Emerged #1who draws sensual silhouettes in acrylic on pressed and molded cast paper, while Sophia Wallace Άδάμας (invincible) is a sculptural celebration of femininity in wood, fiberglass, steel and enamel.
Studio Renn, ‘Seed-Leaf’
Jewelery is also included, with Indian brand Studio Renn showcasing six pieces from the ‘Seed-Leaf’ collection, which will debut at the exhibition, representing the cyclical nature of fertility and abundance in gold and gemstones. .
The book that gives the exhibition its name was released in 2020 and featured works by artists alongside essays by Erica Jong and Roxane Gay. There are photographs of established and emerging names including Cindy Sherman, Marilyn Minter, Carrie Mae Weems, Harley Weir, Mickalene Thomas and Martine Gutierrez, while written contributions from Erika Lust, Stoya, Alice Little, Vaginal Davis, Naana Otoo-Oyortey, Dani Lessnau, Natasha Stagg and Nadya Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot reflect on the links between pleasure and emancipation. §