Rrose is a rrose is a rrose: gender performance in photography

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Guggenheim Museum, 1997 - Art - 223 pages
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Films with cross-dressed protagonists and advertisements featuring androgynous adolescents are just some of the evidence of our contemporary fascination with gender and sexuality. Rrose is a Rrose is a Rrose provides an art-historical perspective on photography that explores and plays with this controversial, sexy subject.

The title of this book combines Gertrude Stein's famous line, "Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose", with the name of Surrealist artist Marcel Duchamp's feminine alter ego, Rrose Selavy, pronounced "Eros, c'est la vie", or "Eros, that's life".

The reproductions include photographically based artworks made between 1920 and 1940 by Cecil Beaton, Brassai, Duchamp, Hannah Hoch, George Platt Lynes, and Man Ray, among others. Also featured are photographs from the past 25 years by such artists as Janine Antoni, Matthew Barney, Nan Goldin, Jurgen Klauke, Robert Mapplethorpe, Annette Messager, Lucas Samaras, Cindy Sherman, and Andy Warhol.

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About the author (1997)

Judith Halberstam is professor of literature at UC San Diego. She is the author of "Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters", "Female Masculinity" and coauthor with Del LaGrace Volcano of "The Drag King Book.

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