Model Pleasure I - VIII 1982-1984


The Model Pleasure series is comprised of rephotographed details of 
found images, blown up into 8x10-inch modules, together 
with same-sized texts and images produced for the works. 
Works I-V are dated 1982-1983. Works VI-VIII consist of 
rearrangements of the modules from other Model Pleasure works, 
and date from 1984. Image number 4 on the left is an installation 
view of the group exhibition, Difference, at the Renaissance Society, 
Chicago, 1985. Image number 5 is a view from Take It Or Leave It
 Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, 2014.

An audio comment, taped for the exhibition 
This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s
can be found at the link below:
or at

Model Pleasure works are in the collections of:
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Sammlung Hoffman, Berlin
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
MAMCO, Geneva
Helen Kornblum
and one private collections

Selected publications
The Rules of the Game, by Judith Barter and Anne Mochon
(Mead Art Museum, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, catalogue), 1986.
"Ex-posing the Female Model," Kate Linker, Parachute (Fall), 1985.  
"New York Show Examines Sexuality and Persuasion," RobertL.Pincus, 
The Los Angeles Times (January 27) , 1985.
"Posing," by Craig Owens, in Difference 
(New York: The New Museum of Contemporary Art, catalogue), 1985.  
"Representation and Sexuality," by Kate Linker, 
Art after Modernism (The New Museum of Contemporary Art;
New York, David R. Godine, Boston)
Review, Arts (June), 1985.
"Difference in America," by Paul Smith, 
Art in America (April), 1985. [This is the most extensive discussion of "Model Pleasure."]

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