Emily Marie Miller, Reflection IV, signed and dated 2020 on the reverse, oil on canvas. 18⅛ by 24 in. 46 by 61 cm. framed: 19¼ by 25¼ in. 48.9 by 63.5 cm. Executed in 2020.

An Ode to Female Pleasure Opens in LA

Some huge names in the art world have been pulled together for a show celebrating female pleasure, on show now at Sotheby’s LA.

The groundbreaking exhibition—presented in collaboration with BlackBook—is titled A Woman’s Right To Pleasure, and features pioneering artists like Georgia O’Keeffe, Penny Slinger, Nan Goldin, Reka Nyari, Tracey Emin, and more.

Reka Nyari, Pussy, signed and numbered 1/7. Chromogenic print on silver paper in white wooden frame, 60¾ by 47⅝ in. 154.3 by 121.3 cm. Framed: 63 by 50 in. 160 by 127 cm. Executed in 2012, this work is number 1 from an edition of 7.

Following BlackBook’s A Woman’s Right To Pleasure book, the exhibition offers up a similarly unapologetic view of female pleasure through the literal (an oil painting of Leonardo DiCaprio mid-cunnilingus in Alexandra Rubinstein’s What’s Gilbert Grape Eating) to the metaphorical (Reka Nyari’s black and white photograph of a cat held in front of a naked body for Pussy).

Georgia O’Keeffe, Canna Series, watercolor on paper. 22⅛ by 13 in. 56.2 by 33 cm. Framed: 26⅛ by 17⅛ in. 66.4 by 43.5 cm. Executed in 1918/20

The dialogue that many of the featured artists were initiating—well before the concept of women as sexual beings with desires of their own was even allowed to enter the chat—in past eras was truly remarkable, many laying the groundwork for future generations of women artists to be bold and unashamed in their own artmaking practice. It’s not often you have the chance to see a lineup of such iconic women artists from all corners of the art world, in the one place at the one time, so make sure you get to Sotheby’s at 350 N Camden Dr, Beverly Hills, California to check it out.

Penny Slinger, Read My Lips, chromogenic print. 16 by 12½ in. 40.6 by 31.7 cm. Framed: 23¾ by 19⅛ in. 60.3 by 48.5 cm. Executed in 1973, this work is from an edition of 3, plus 2 artist’s proofs.
Nan Goldin, Nan and Brian in Bed, NYC. Cibachrome print, flush-mounted. Signed titled, dated and numbered AP4 in ink on an accompanying label. Executed in 1983.
Tracey Emin, When I think about sex I think about men, women, dogs, lions, group sex (and I love you all). White neon, 46¾ by 92 in. 119 by 234 cm. Executed in 2005, this work is AP II from an edition of 3, plus 2 artist’s proofs.

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