Zilia Sánchez Antigone 1970

  • MoMA, Floor 4, 420 The David Geffen Galleries

While living in New York during the 1960s, Sánchez began making shaped paintings that explore the female form, which came to be called Erotic Topologies. This painting’s title references the female character in Greek tragedy who is forced to choose between family and state and ultimately sacrificed. The contrast between the work’s smooth, skin-like surface (made possible by the plastic qualities of acrylic paint, a relatively new invention at the time) and its jutting, wooden armature can be seen as echoing the tension between how the body appears and how it feels to inhabit it.

Gallery label from 2021
Medium
Acrylic on stretched canvas
Dimensions
30 × 36 × 10" (76.2 × 91.4 × 25.4 cm)
Credit
Acquired through the generosity of Agnes Gund, María Luisa Ferré Rangel, Bertita and Guillermo L. Martínez, Luisa Rangel de Ferré, an anonymous donor, and the Latin American and Caribbean Fund
Object number
503.2017
Copyright
© Zilia Sánchez. Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co., New York
Department
Painting and Sculpture

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