The Female Gaze: How Women Artists Look At Men
"Would we react differently to these works if they were made by men?" That's the question a group of women artists, ranging from luminaries like Diane Arbus and Louise Bourgeois to contemporaries like Cindy Sherman and Celia Hempton, came together to explore in an exhibition of their images of women back in 2009. Now, many of them have regrouped for a second, more provocative version: "The Female Gaze, Part Two: Women Look At Men," opening on Thursday at Chelsea's Cheim & Read gallery. The exhibition shows exactly what its title suggests, and does not exactly scrimp on the phalluses. Spanning both generations and approaches, many of the works, though, are purely observational: Take Berenice Abbott's chaste 20's photographs, or Hempton's graphic but loving oil paintings. Others, like plaster and bronze-cast dismembered members, are more objectifying—without the centuries-long, systematic history, of course. Gaze inside, here.