VALIE EXPORTAction Pants: Genital Panic 1969

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Artist
VALIE EXPORT (born 1940)
Title
Action Pants: Genital Panic
Aktionshose: Genitalpanik
Date 1969
Medium6 screenprints on paper
Dimensionssupport, each: 658 x 459 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Tate Patrons 2007
Reference
P79233

Summary

Action Pants: Genital Panic is a set of six identical posters from a larger group that the artist produced to commemorate an action she performed in Munich in 1968. The posters show EXPORT sitting on a bench against a wall out of doors wearing crotchless trousers and a leather shirt and holding a machine-gun. Her feet are bare and vulnerable, as are her genitals, and she holds the gun at chest level, apparently in readiness to turn it on the viewer towards whom her gaze is directed. Her hair stands up in a wild mop above her head, emphasising the strangeness of the image.

The action that gave rise to the photograph Action Pants: Genital Panic has become the subject of apocryphal art historical legend… (read more)

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