Ree Morton. Of Previous Dissipations. 1974

Ree Morton Of Previous Dissipations 1974

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In the early 1970s Morton was part of a wave of feminism that significantly informed her work, which flaunts qualities stereotypically associated with women—bright colors and open sentiment—as well as motifs like bows and flowers. Yet her texts can hint at the underside of a prettified femininity. This work also breaks down barriers between painting and sculpture and generally dispenses with aesthetic authority. In fact, in a list of likes and dislikes, Morton cited "good taste" as something "I hate."

Gallery label from Multiplex: Directions in Art, 1970 to Now, November 21, 2007-July 28, 2008.
Oil on wood with celastic
41" x 6' 7/8" x 6 1/2" (104 x 185 x 16.6 cm)
Gift of Ree Morton Estate
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© 2020 Estate of Ree Morton
Painting and Sculpture

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