“I stopped by Francis Naumann’s 57th Street gallery last week to watch Kathleen Gilje install her altered series of 48 female portraits by John Singer Sargent, women that Kathleen has undressed and given the breasts of 48 living women….Now, with a brace of breasts, Kathleen seeks to have us open our mouths and drink from her work. On TMZ’s television gossip show the other night, one of its female correspondents remarked that, apropos of a snap of a famous actress handling two ripe melons at the supermarket, ‘one is always bigger than the other,’ and, indeed this peculiar metonymy drives the 96 breasts that Kathleen has painted. They cannot help but obliterate the fine society of faces which were the locus of Sargent’s eroticism and, of course, they eliminate the fashionable clothes which veiled his desires.” Read more.
“Kathleen Gilje: 48 Portraits / Sargent’s Women, Restored,” Francis Naumann Fine Art, New York, NY. Through April 10.