Ready For This Jelly

Anthea Hamilton

Before Beyoncé, Sisqo, or even Sir Mix-a-Lot, the most eloquent connoisseurs of a fine derriere were Rubens, Velazquez, and Michelangelo, who liked a man’s muscular bottom as much as anyone (except Robert Mapplethorpe, of course). And at the crush of art openings this month in New York, no matter where you looked it was hard to miss it—the butt is back. Here are four artists you can really get behind.


Anthea Hamilton, “Project for door (after Gaetano Pesce)”, 2015. Photo by Kyle Knodell.

“Anthea Hamilton: Lichen! Libido! Chastity!” is on view through January 4, 2016, at the SculptureCenter in Queens, 44-19 Purves St.


Dana Schutz, “Slow Motion Shower,” 2015.

“Dana Schutz: Fight in an Elevator” is on view through October 24 at New York’s Petzel Gallery, 456 W 18th St.


Ron Nagle, “Mutha Fukir,” 2015.

“Ron Nagle: Five O’Clock Shadow” is on view through October 24 at New York’s Matthew Marks Gallery, 522 W. 22nd St.


Alpha Channeling, “Big Beautiful Yoga,” 2014. Photo courtesy the artist and The Hole NYC.

“Natural Selection” is on view through October 11 at New York’s The Hole, 312 Bowery.