Artwork Detail

Untitled (Pollock / Titian) #4
1984/2005
American, b. 1965
Digital C-print
40 x 61 "
University purchase, Parsons Fund, 2006
WU 2006.0007
Andrea Fraser is most closely associated with the conceptually driven artistic practice known as institutional critique, which emerged in the late 1960s and early 1970s with the work of such artists as Michael Asher, Daniel Buren, Hans Haacke, and Gordon Matta-Clark. Her work also engages with issues raised by the feminist movement of the mid-1970s and the so-called Pictures generation from the late 1970s. "Untitled (Pollock / Titian) #4" returns to a concept explored one of her older projects, an artist’s book she made in 1984 titled "Woman I / Madonna and Child 1506–1967." To make the book, essentially a parody of an art historical monograph, Fraser created a narrative from appropriated excerpts of art historical essays on the artists Willem de Kooning and Raphael and illustrated it with images that were made by superimposing and then rephotographing reproductions of paintings of women by the two artists. The book project was meant for distribution in museum and art bookstores, whereas "Untitled (Pollock / Titian) #4" was intended for display on the wall of the museum. By superimposing details of a painting depicting Venus and Cupid by Titian and a drip painting by Jackson Pollock, Fraser collapses Pollock’s gesture (commonly critiqued as male-dominated) onto Titian’s idealized representation of female beauty, creating a visual dissonance that renders both forms illegible. [Exhibition brochure text, 2010]