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The Female Body in the Artistic Research of the Late Twentieth Century

The Case of Vanessa Beecroft

Arianna Fantuzzi    Università IULM, Milano, Italia    



Disguised, adorned, placed in space and obsessively controlled, the body exhibited in Vanessa Beecroft’s performances, drawings and photographs, highlights several key themes of contemporary debate, such as identity transformation, desire, gaze and obsession for perfection, shown from the artist’s perspective and impressed on her models’ bodies. The present essay aims to deepen these topics through the works of Vanessa Beecroft, with an emphasis on those realised in the early nineties – among which the drawings of deformed bodies and the compulsive annotations of the Libro del Cibo – and relating them to the contemporary research of Italian female artists, which reveal new declinations of art making, starting from the same subject: the female body and its symbolism.

Dec. 11, 2019
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Keywords: Vanessa BeecroftPerformanceSymbolismFemaleBody

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