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‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum Ocula Report ‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum 19 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

An Opera for Animals was first staged at Para Site in Hong Kong between 23 March and 2 June 2019, with works by over 48 artists and collectives that use opera as a metaphor for modes of contemporary, cross-disciplinary art-making. The exhibition's second iteration takes up a large portion of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai (22 June–25...

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Mandy El-Sayegh: Productive Ambiguity Ocula Conversation Mandy El-Sayegh: Productive Ambiguity

Moving across installation, painting, drawing, and writing, Malaysia-born and London-based artist Mandy El-Sayegh explores the political, social, and economic complexities of humanity, using a mosaic of information—from advertising slogans and pornographic imagery to newspaper articles—that she subjects to processes of layering,...

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Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House Ocula Report Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House 5 Jul 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Get Up Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House in London (12 June–15 September 2019) surveys more than half a century of black creativity in Britain and beyond across the fields of art, film, photography, music, design, fashion, and literature.Curated by Zak Ové, works by approximately 100 intergenerational black...

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Betty Tompkins

b. 1945, USA

Born 1945 in Washington D.C. USA

Lives and works in New York and Mt. Pleasant, PA USA

Way back in the 1960s at the exact same moment that Chuck Close was doing it with the faces, Betty Tompkins was making enormous black-and-white photorealist paintings — not of faces — but graphically pornographic images (...), ripped from straight male porn magazines (yes, kids — people used to masturbate to still black-and-white pics back in the day; not color videos like all of you); beautiful paintings of blow jobs, female fingerings, spread-eagle women doing anything you might imagine. I remember seeing images of this work back then and thinking, Wow! I like these way more than Chuck Close; this is someone really going for it in scale, technique, and holding nothing back about image. Sadly and undeservedly — and probably because it was too scary for a woman to be handling in-your-face imagery and scale like this — Tompkins was dealt out of a little history before storming back in about 15 years ago; she's one of the strongest artists out there now, always sparing nothing, using contemporary porn (all-shaved, of course, and bigger dicks, not sure why), in a show that is a must-see for the legions of curators who are always beating the bushes to "rediscover" other "older women artists."

Jerry Salz in Vulture, 23.09.2015

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Featured Artworks

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Men are... by Betty Tompkins contemporary artwork
Betty TompkinsMen are..., 2019 Acrylic on canvas
24 x 24 inches
P·P·O·W Gallery
Sex Painting #2 by Betty Tompkins contemporary artwork
Betty TompkinsSex Painting #2, 2010 Acrylic on canvas
36 x 36 inches
P·P·O·W Gallery
Cow Cunt #1 by Betty Tompkins contemporary artwork
Betty TompkinsCow Cunt #1, 1976 Acrylic on canvas
84 x 60 inches
P·P·O·W Gallery
The Only Way by Betty Tompkins contemporary artwork
Betty TompkinsThe Only Way, 2018 Acrylic on canvas
91.4 x 91.4 cm
P·P·O·W Gallery
In order to form...Welfare and secure...America by Betty Tompkins contemporary artwork
Betty TompkinsIn order to form...Welfare and secure...America, 1984 Acrylic on paper
40.6 x 50.8 cm
P·P·O·W Gallery
Union and Liberty in the Dark by Betty Tompkins contemporary artwork
Betty TompkinsUnion and Liberty in the Dark, 1983 Acrylic on paper
17.8 x 30.5 cm
P·P·O·W Gallery
Bits of History - the 6th Amendment by Betty Tompkins contemporary artwork
Betty TompkinsBits of History - the 6th Amendment, 1983 Acrylic on paper
22.9 x 25.4 cm
P·P·O·W Gallery
A More Perfect Union... by Betty Tompkins contemporary artwork
Betty TompkinsA More Perfect Union..., 1983 Acrylic on paper
64.77 x 102.87 cm
P·P·O·W Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Betty Tompkins, Will She Ever Shut Up? at P·P·O·W Gallery, New York
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15 November–22 December 2018 Betty Tompkins Will She Ever Shut Up? P·P·O·W Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Betty Tompkins, Betty Tompkins at rodolphe janssen, Brussels
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18 January–17 March 2018 Betty Tompkins Betty Tompkins rodolphe janssen, Brussels
Contemporary art exhibition, Group exhibition, The Shell (Landscapes, Portraits & Shapes) a show by Eric Troncy at Almine Rech, Paris
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10 January–14 February 2015 Group exhibition The Shell (Landscapes, Portraits & Shapes) a show by Eric Troncy Almine Rech, Paris

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Betty Tompkins at P.P.O.W. Related Press Betty Tompkins at P.P.O.W. Art in America : 1 March 2019

Pink text snaked in tight, meandering rows across human figures in the fifty-one recent paintings on paper in Betty Tompkins's second solo exhibition at P.P.O.W. One piece read, I WAS HUNTING FOR A JOB AND HE WAS HUNTING FOR ME. Another: SHUT UP SLUT! And another: I VEHEMENTLY DENY THESE ALLEGATIONS.

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Betty Tompkins is the feminist artist you need to know Related Press Betty Tompkins is the feminist artist you need to know Elle : 20 November 2017

Known for a series of giant genitalia 'fuck paintings' (inspired by her husband's porno mags), the 72-year-old painter was once blacklisted and disregarded by radical feminists for her frank depiction of sexuality. As her new women words project - people send in words they use to describe women - makes its way across Europe, ELLE chats to the...

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The Feminist Pioneers Making Provocative Art About Sex Related Press The Feminist Pioneers Making Provocative Art About Sex New York Times Style Magazine : 31 October 2017

This Summer in Los Angeles, a hairy, phallic-looking screw painted by Judith Bernstein extended across 180 feet of the exterior of Venus galleryin Boyle Heights. This month at MoMA PS1 in Queens, men and women stripped down to their underwear and rubbed each other with raw fish in a video by Carolee Schneemann. And in London, pink double-headed...

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Beyond the F Word: An Interview with Betty Tompkins Related Press Beyond the F Word: An Interview with Betty Tompkins 3 February 2016

Betty Tompkins is no stranger to controversy. The 70-year-old artist started making her Fuck Paintings—large-scale photorealistic renderings of vaginal penetration—in 1969. The grayscale works' source material was outlawed pornographic images. Earning dismissal from gallerists, the ire of the anti-pornography feminist wing, denial of...

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