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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    New York, Ronald Feldman Gallery, Roman Allegories, February 12 – March 12, 2005
    Milan, Marella Arte Contemporanea, Roman Allegories, 2005 and 100 Boots, 1971-73, April 20 – May 28, 2005
    San Diego Art Museum, Historical Takes, July 19 – November 2, 2008

  • Catalogue Essay

    Eleanor Antin

    Born 1935, Bronx

    1958 BA City College, New York

    Selected museum exhibitions: Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2014); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (1999, 2009, 2019); San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla (1991); Minneapolis College of Art and Design (1982); Whitney Museum of American Art (1978, 1997); Wadsworth Atheneum, Connecticut (1977); The Clocktower, Institute for Art and Urban Resources, New York (1976); Museum of Modern Art (1973); Long Island University, Brooklyn (1968)
    Selected honors: Anonymous Was a Woman Foundation (2011); Lifetime Achievement Award, College Art Association (2006); Honor Awards for Lifetime Achievement in the Visual Arts, Women’s Caucus for Art (2006); John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (1997)
    Selected public collections: Art Institute of Chicago; Des Moines Art Center; Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris; Jewish Museum, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego; Centre Pompidou, Paris; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Whitney Museum of American Art

    A performance artist, filmmaker, photographer, and installation artist, Eleanor Antin knowingly invokes historical themes in her work. According to critic Kim Levin, “Impersonating the past, Antin personalizes the issues and dilemmas of the present. Her work is probably, more than we yet realize, a portrait of our time.” The Lovers is a color photograph from her Roman Allegories series, a tableau of the classical past that nods toward nineteenth-century salon painting. Taken in southern California, her models break character as if on a break during a film shot, having a snack or smoking, as two figures in togas walk arm-in-arm in the background.


The Lovers

chromogenic print
48 1/2 x 61 1/8 in. (123.2 x 155.3 cm.)
This work is number 4 from an edition of 4.

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NOMEN: American Women Artists from 1945 to Today

New York Selling Exhibition 19 June - 3 August 2019