Painting Masculinity

Related Exhibition New Work 6

Friday, May 26, 2006

12:00 p.m.


Joshua Shirkey, curatorial associate, painting and sculpture, SFMOMA

Because of men’s historical dominance in the art world, painting has long been associated with masculine identities – from the voyeurism of the 18th and 19th centuries to the macho heroics of the 20th. Shirkey discusses how the act of painting came to be seen as masculine and, taking the work of Tim Gardner, Marcelino Gonçalves, and Zak Smith as a point of departure, looks at the ways younger artists question that tradition while visually articulating their own identities.