Frances Stark

Behold Man!


Not on display

Frances Stark born 1967
Graphite on paper, printed papers and acrylic paint on canvas
Support: 1918 × 2442 mm
Purchased with funds provided by Tate Americas Foundation (North American Acquisitions Committee) with additional assistance provided by Lillian and Billy Mauer, Liza Mauer, Shabin and Nadir Mohamed, Dillon Cohen, Carolin Scharpff-Striebich, Gregory R Miller and an anonymous donor 2016

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Stark’s works often represent the artist’s studio as a site not only of creation, but also of research, inactivity, boredom and desire. Here she represents herself in deep thought surrounded by images of men, paintings by Sylvia Sleigh and photographs of Henri Matisse with his female models. Stark looks back at stereotypes seen in visual culture, such as the active male artist and passive female model and recasts them from her own perspective. The scene also includes images of her assistant Bobby Jesus, who is often the subject and inspiration for her work.

Gallery label, July 2019

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