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.
Robert J. Shiffler began collecting in 1986, with a concentration during the 1990s. Robert assembled a multifaceted collection of artworks representing contemporary themes that embraced aesthetic, cultural, and political issues from diverse perspectives. The collection consisted of over 600 works of art including paintings, sculpture, and installations. He also built an archive, the research component of the collection, that included artist books, editions, in addition to artist performance relics and documentation.
The Robert J. Shiffler Foundation was established in 1998, and continued through 2001, to administer the collection and archive. The Foundation mission was to present and promote new and experimental art through tours, special events, educational programs, and exhibitions of works from the Robert J. Shiffler Collection and Archive. This was realized through programming at the Foundation's Greenville Ohio gallery, loans of artworks to arts institutions and universities in Ohio, as well as regional, national, and international venues.
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Clay Street Press Gallery
1312 Clay Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
telephone: 513-328-0100 (day of sale)
Public Viewing, Sunday, October 11 from noon to 5pm.
Restricted number of visitors in gallery at a time and masks are required to attend as mandated by the State of Ohio.
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EXHIBITION CHECK LIST
- Artist listed in alphabetical order
- Prices available upon request
Viewers Red, 1993
Lipstick in tube applicator with imprinted gold label. Multiple from: Mettlesome + Meddlesome limited-edition catalogue, edition of 50. The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Available in the Mettlesome + Meddlesome – Limited Box Edition (For view on request)
Suicide Box, from 4 Scenes in a Harsh Life, 1993-95
Performance relic; wood box, syringes, tie-off, mirror fragment with blood drops, spinal needles, and a surgical scalpel, 9.25"x3.5"x6" closed.
Condition of sale: In 2021 this work is committed to loan to artist’s retrospective “Queer Communion: Ron Athey” at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and Participant Inc., NYC.
Fuck You: from the Liz Taylor Series (after Bert Stern), 1993
Screenprint, edition of 100, 39"x27.5" / framed 42.25”x30,25”. Roger Vandaele Editie, Antwerp, Belgium.
Giant Poster from Not-a-Superhero #8, 1995
Mixed media on paper, 28”x21”
She’s So Good You Don’t Even Know She’s There..., 1992-93
Fabric, life size, edition of 20. Permanent Press, NYC
S. J. Curtis
Courtship (mutual feeding), 1993
Chocolate, cyanide, and two syringes mounted in clamshell box. 11”x10.5”x3.5"
Dollhouse: Back Home, 1994
Mixed media. 26.75”x31”x11.75”
Bob Flanagan & Sheree Rose
Bob Flanagan: Supermasochist, 1992
Cibachrome photograph, signed verso, edition of 10, with Supermasochist performance relics - Hospital gown with leather and steel S&M apparatus.) 30"x24" photograph, relics dimensions variable.
Butch in the Tub, 1988
Fujiflex color print mounted on Troviscel. Vintage color print from "The Ballad of Sexual Dependency" series, Image 15”x23”, frame 20” x24”
Pipe Bomb #5 (New York), 1992
Egg timer, batteries, electrical wire, duct tape, and pipe.
Pilot (Producer's Desk / Host's Desk), 2000
Watercolor and pencil on paper. 11.75"x15.5"
Pilot Official Project Dossier, 2000 (For view on request)
Everybody Needs Milk... Even Dada, 1993
Eight screenprints with hand coloring and collage, color illus., in folder (6.5"x7.25"). Signed edition of 20 from the edition of 100. Self-Published, NYC
Mr. Pippy in the Drink, 1996
Computer drawing, computer print on paper, edition of 1, 1 AP, 12”x10” image, 18"x12" sheet.
Cary Leibowitz a/k/a Candyass
Candyass: Top Secret Calendar, 1990
Offset printed calendar, signed, unpp, 8.5”x11”, Stux Gallery.
Early Photography, 1995
C-prints, edition of 5, six framed prints at at 17.75” x 22.75”
Barton Lidice Benes,
The Cremated Remains of Brenda Woods, 1993
Cremation ashes and label mounted in presentation frame. 11.5”x7.75”
Shoot a Woman / Save a Job, 1992
Mixed media on canvas, diptych each 5” diameter
Cast latex rubber and string; installation - dimensions variable.
Tissue Ball [multiple], Egg Yang [video], 1995
Multiple - Plastic and paper tissues, edition of 12, 6" diameter. Video VHS*, color-sound; 15 min.
A Michael Jackson Drawing (Christy plus one)
A Michael Jackson Drawing (Young and Unknown)
A Michael Jackson Drawing (Kate)
All pencil on clearpoint in frame, 10”x8”
Untitled (Elvis 001), 1997
Egg tempera on Masonite. 4"x4"
Wanted [police sketches - original drawings], 1991-93
Pencil on paper, 18 at 17”x11” each
Kerri Scharlin asked eighteen artist and friends to describe her appearance to three NYPD police-sketch artists who had never met her. The resulting sketches were used to make photographic enlargements.
Wanted [Rirkrit], 1992
Silver print. 75”x49.5”
Kerri Scharlin asked seventeen artist and friends to describe her appearance to three NYPD police-sketch artists who had never met her. The resulting sketches were used to make photographic enlargements.
American Fibroids, 1995-96
Collection of five (5) items: American Fibroids (Police Hat) Police hat, pink, American Fibroids tag with notation: Used in various surveillance installations. Edition of 10 with 1 artist proof. / American Fibroids (Audio Cassette), Audio Cassette, color picture insert, 60 min, open edition. ARG# SJ1996-19 / Don't Worry (Audio Cassette), Audio Cassette, color picture insert, 60 min, open edition. ARG# SJ1996-21 / Scher-mixed (Audio Cassette), Audio Cassette, color picture insert, 60 min, open edition. ARG# SJ1996-20 / American Fibroids (T-shirt), T-shirt Beefy T / XL – screen-printed black and red on white shirt, American Fibroids tag with notation: Danger Dirty Data Wexner Center.
Annie Sprinkle with Linda M. Montano
Sluts and Goddesses, 1990
The sluts and goddesses within Linda Montano, a series of sixteen (16) transformation photographic portraits. Cibachrome photographs, edition of 10. There are reproduction and exhibition restrictions with this artwork.
16, each 31”x21”
Pocket Games for Little Girls: Cootie Catcher Fortune Teller, 1999
Typed text and mixed media on paper affixed to canvas. 5.25"x5.25"x1.75"
Concentric Circles/Candy Apple Green, 1992
Mixed media collage
dimensions variable. (paper towel size 9”x11”)
Ready or not here I come, 1995
Video-laser disk. color/sound, 9 min 30 sec.
Psychic Surgery 1, 1995
Video-laser disk; video projection loop, b&w/silent, 10 min. Performers: Ron Athey and Julie Tolentino; Video designer/editor: Patrick Siemer.
Video-VHS. color/sound, 2 min 49 sec.
Egg Yang, 1995
Video-VHS, color/sound. 15 min.
See: Egg Yang [video] Tissue Ball [multiple], 1995, Entrance gallery, vitrine.
All information is believed correct but not guaranteed.
Additional condition information and higher resolution photographs are available upon request.
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Selection of artworks in the exhibition