Torso (Marsha)

Torso (Marsha)

Kacere’s entire oeuvre consists of women’s torsos,&nbsp;dressed only in skimpy lingerie. Greatly enlarged, the&nbsp;<br>skin fills the canvas without any context, almost like an&nbsp;abstract division of the surface. As viewers, we become&nbsp;<br>unsolicited voyeurs in this peep show, euphemistically&nbsp;entitled ‘torso’. Although Kacere’s openly erotic work&nbsp;was perceived as taboo-breaking at the time, today&nbsp;these images are unmistakably a product of (and for)&nbsp;the heterosexual male gaze. [text 2024]&nbsp;

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Kacere’s entire oeuvre consists of women’s torsos, dressed only in skimpy lingerie. Greatly enlarged, the 
skin fills the canvas without any context, almost like an abstract division of the surface. As viewers, we become 
unsolicited voyeurs in this peep show, euphemistically entitled ‘torso’. Although Kacere’s openly erotic work was perceived as taboo-breaking at the time, today these images are unmistakably a product of (and for) the heterosexual male gaze. [text 2024] 

This object is now not on display in the museum

Title

Torso (Marsha)

Artist

John Kacere (Walker, Iowa 1920 - 1999 Cedar Rapids, Iowa)

Dating

1972 - 1972

Material and technique

olieverf op doek

Object number

28839

Object type

schilderij

Acquisition

aankoop door Hedendaagse Kunst-Utrecht (overdracht van HK-U aan CM d.d. 30-11-1989) 1972

Dimensions

hoogte 196.5 cm

breedte 174.5 cm

Inscriptions and markings

  • signatuur achterzijde, op doek (met verf): John Kacere '72

What

(herkomst) afkomstig van Hedendaagse Kunst-Utrecht (inv.nr. HKU 72.28)

Documentation

  • Amerikaans fotorealisme = Amerikanischer Fotorealisme = American Photorealism : de verzameling = die Sammlung = the collection: Museum Hedendaagse Kunst Utrecht, [tekst Wouter Kotte], (Utrecht, 1988), cat. nr. 17, p. 49, met afb. in kleur; p. 99

  • Amerikanische Kunst von 1945 bis heute : Kunst der USA in europäische Sammlungen, Hrsg. Dieter Honisch, Jens Christan Jensen ; Red. Lucius Grisebach, (Köln, 1976), cat. nr. 25, p. 245, met afb.

  • Amerikanischer Fotorealismus, Kat. Uwe M. Schneede, (Stuttgart, 1972), cat. nr. 30, p. 71, met afb.

Exhibitions

  • Op scherp - Fotorealisme nader bekeken, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, 2024

  • Goed gemaakt, Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, 2017

  • This is America. Visies op de Amerikaanse droom, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, 2006

Persistent url

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https://hdl.handle.net/21.12130/collect.0726C321-7E13-49FE-881E-EF709E28AF97

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