But one work annoyed me: Seated Figure (terra cotta, 1927) by John Bradley Storrs. Visiting various museums, I've noticed that there's almost always at least one headless, armless female nude by a Modern (by that I mean broadly post-Academic) artist. I find these works dehumanizing and degrading to women by eliminating the the female's ability to think and communicate (head) and her ability to work and be independent (arms). Although these figures are never presented in an erotic manner, they reduce the female to little more than a sexual object.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
This past weekend, Katherine and I visited the Harn Museum of Art in Gainesville. It's a fine, eclectic mix of various periods and origins in the visual arts. We especially enjoyed the fin-de-siecle collection of American painting and the special exhibit of historic American photography.