Men curating women

Dana Schutz

Last week “The Female Gaze, Part 2: Women Look At Men,” an exhibition that includes many rich and inventive paintings, opened at Cheim and Read. The first edition, “The Female Gaze: Women Look at Women,” took place in 2009, and the new installment, featuring work by 32 women who depict men, focuses on gender and sexuality. Not surprisingly, then, this iteration, curated by John Cheim, is overflowing with sex and stiff dick. The James Kalm Report covered the opening, and I thought I’d share the video, as well as the humorless, bitter comments left on his YouTube Channel and a few images of the less explicit paintings in the show.

[Image at top: Dana Schutz, Frank as a Proboscis Monkey, 2002, oil on canvas, 35 3/4 x 3 1 3/4 inches.]

YouTube Comments:

Liquid Math
Liquid Math1 day ago (edited)
Disappointing. Is this really how women see men? Ape men, penises (with a huge awful penis statue), erections, masturbation, sex, “Men don’t protect us anymore” . . . For the most part, very negative and uninspired if you ask me.

Rrdd
Rrdd1 day ago
well it stems from modern feminism. most women, especially the ones you wouldn’t mind talking to, do not follow this terrible negative movement against men. very uninspiring, yes.

henry bogle
henry bogle1 day ago
Rrdd Donald Trump supporter? Wild guess;)

Rrdd
Rrdd1 day ago
henry bogle nice red herring attempt. let me help you get back on topic. feminism is cancer.

jameskalmroughcut
jameskalmroughcut1 day ago
Ironically, this show was curated by a man, John Cheim, so despite the fact that all the works are by women, it was filtered through a man, and therefore might be considered to be, a man’s view of how women look at, or represent men. (Not to mention the commercial side to the whole operation.)

henry bogle
henry bogle1 day ago
Scanned through it again, most of the work featured is apolitical exceptions being Benglis and Holzer, perhaps one or two others. Which begs the question: if you see the show being about feminism who has the agenda?

Rrdd
Rrdd18 hours ago
women

RumbleBones
RumbleBones1 hour ago
Nothing but wall to wall cliche’s. On to the next one, James.

Calvin Pressley
Calvin Pressley1 day ago
PENIS PENIS PENIS PENIS.. oh so edgy show. Interesting view of “Women Looking at Men, Filtered Through A Man”. As always, thanks for the coverage JamesKalm!

Cecily Brown
Celia Hampton
Chantal Joffe
Grace Graupe-Pillard
EJ Hauser
Sylvia Sleigh
Ellen Altfest
Katherine Bradford
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
Alice Neel
The Female Gaze, Part 2: Women Look at Men,” Cheim and Read, Chelsea, New York, NY. Through September 2, 2016. Artists include: Berenice Abbott, Ellen Altfest, Ghada Amer, Diane Arbus, Gina Beavers, Lynda Benglis, Huma Bhabha, Louise Bourgeois, Katherine Bradford, Cecily Brown, Kathe Burkhart, Lois Dodd, Marlene Dumas, Tracey Emin, Katy Grannan, Grace Graupe-Pillard, EJ Hauser, Celia Hempton, Jenny Holzer, Chantal Joffe, Sarah Lucas, Catherine Murphy, Alice Neel, Catherine Opie, Collier Schorr, Dana Schutz, Joan Semmel, Cindy Sherman, Sylvia Sleigh, Betty Tompkins, Nicole Wittenberg and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.
NOTE: Images of all the work in the show and complete information for the images shown above are available on the website.

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