Reactional Aesthetics: Art of the 1990s from the Robert J. Shiffler Collection & Archive
During the 1990s, artists worked within different mediums to simultaneously explore individual identity and social constructs. If the art of the 1980s leaned on image appropriation, political critique and, often, emotionally detached imagery, then this new generation of artists turned to more personal forms of expression to comment of larger societal issues. These artists used their own bodies, biographies, alter egos and illnesses to stake out positions relative to mainstream hierarchies and social norms. This perspective was initiated, in part, by the sociopolitical controversies surrounding the 1980s AIDS epidemic and the later “culture wars” surrounding NEA funding of performances and exhibitions by the artists Ron Athey, Karen Finlay, Holly Hughes, Robert Mapplethorpe and David Wojnarowicz among others.
Artists included in the exhibition are Janine Antoni, Ron Athey, Kathe Burkhart, Luca Buvoli, Mary Carlson, S. J. Curtis, Cheryl Donegan, Karen Finley, Bob Flanagan & Sheree Rose, Nan Goldin, Greggory Green, Christine Hill, Robin Kahn, Sean Landers, Nancy Linn, Barton Lidice Benes, Mary McCarthy, Linda M. Montano, Alix Pearlstein, Trudie Reiss, Helen Sadler, Kerri Scharlin, Julia Scher, Annie Sprinkle, Sarah Stolar, and Pae White.
A Volatile [redux] Project
Clay Street Press Gallery
1312 Clay Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Concentration on artists’ publications, contemporary art, and ephemera with an emphasis on works relating to social and cultural issues in media such as artist books, performance art and alternative traditions in the visual arts. Peter Huttinger, Private Dealer since 1989.
Books and artists’ publications relating to the visual arts and alternative culture. Printings are noted only if they are first or second editions. If there is no edition reference the item is a later printing or edition information could not be determined. All information is believed correct but not guaranteed. All items are in good, or better, antiquarian condition unless noted otherwise.