|Still-Death!-Darfur-Still-Deaf, 2007, Vanessa Beecroft|
|Madonna with Twins, 2008,|
Vanessa Beecroft performing,
|Beecroft often deals with the concept|
of women as objects, sometimes
with sexual overtones, but frequently
with anti-sexual themes.
Any number of artists, past and present have contributed their outlandish concepts to this art stretch. Most, if they were in any way significant in their time, have long since been retired to the art archives listed as insignificant. One young artist today seems to want to avoid this course. Her name is Vanessa Beecroft. She was born in 1969, so she wasn't even around when performance art began shocking people already suffering from the shell-shock of Abstract Expressionism. Vanessa Beecroft is not just some publicity seeking kook. Her academic art credentials, like her birth and childhood, are Italian--Genoa and Milan. Today, she resides in Los Angeles. Her art, for those with broad enough minds to call it that, has also been deemed fashion, brilliant, terrible, evocative, provocative, disturbing, sexist, and empowering. When you have an equal numbers of those who love and those who hate your work, you must be doing something significant.
|Women as objects are here treated by Beecroft as mere merchandise (all live |
models) for the opening of a Louis Vuitton store on the Champs Elysées in Paris.
|Barbie Army, Vanessa Beecroft|
|Military identity theft.|
|Ponti Sister, Vista Mare Cultural Association, Pescara, Italy, 2001, Vanessa Beecroft.|
No nudity, massed or otherwise here, unless you count naked stripes.