Rose Wylie

Pin Up and Porn Queen Jigsaw

2005

In Tate Britain

Artist
Rose Wylie born 1934
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Unconfirmed: 3660 x 3660 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Tate Members 2013
Reference
T13784

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Wylie’s subject matter is often drawn from popular culture. Ranging from film stars to footballers, she describes the people she paints as ‘shared contemporary gods, outside of art and religion’. Her bold paintings confront what she sees as society’s obsession with style and self-image. The ‘pin-up’ of the title is the figure on the left, based on Marilyn Monroe in the 1961 film The Misfits. The head on the right is Annabel Chong, drawn from Wylie’s memory of a television documentary about the pornographic film actress.

Gallery label, May 2019

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