BlackBook Explores a ‘Woman’s Right to Pleasure’

Leading by example to make the case for equality in the libido.


Before it inspired an exhibition currently on view at Sotheby’s in Beverly Hills, A Woman’s Right to Pleasure was a best-selling art tome from BlackBook featuring some 80 artists and contributions from a host of writers. In her review of current the show, award-winning art critic Shana Nys Dambrot focuses on the “Mystical, delicate, ethereal; bold, brash, satisfied; abstract, symbolic, organic; seductive, whimsical, dangerous; empowering, funny, unsettling; intergenerational, inclusive, intimate; erotic, personal and political” works on view in the flesh at the gallery and also online.

Nys Dambrot points out that both the original publication and the show feature a “remarkably eclectic array of art [including] explicit work that deals with the reality of women’s bodies (Marilyn Minter, Cecily Brown); abstract work that explores the fractal visual source code of everything (Louise Bourgeois, Loie Hollowell, Georgia O’Keefe); witty and romantic work (Jessie Mackison, Emily Marie Miller); surrealist (Leonor Fini, Katherina Olschbaur) and diaristic (Nan Goldin) work; and work by several artists with no fucks left to give and a flair for the dramatic (Tracey Emin, Penny Slinger, Mary Beth Edelson).”

Click here for Nys Dambrot’s full review, a selection of images, and links to the online exhibition. –VV editors





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