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Physiognomies (Physiognomien)

A work made of chromogenic prints (8), artist proof 2/2 from an edition of 3 + 2 artist proofs.

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  • A work made of chromogenic prints (8), artist proof 2/2 from an edition of 3 + 2 artist proofs.

Date:

1972/73, printed 2008

Artist:

Jürgen Klauke
German, born 1943

About this artwork

Appearances can be deceiving. Jürgen Klauke’s important early performance piece explores the fluidity of gender and sexuality, and his choice of materials extends this subversion of expectations. Playing with costume, makeup, and pose, Klauke challenges the signs that traditionally define gender identity. Similarly, the pictures appear to be black-and-white photographs but were in fact printed on color paper. Over time, the dyes that form the image might degrade, altering the work’s current gray tonality and creating unwanted casts of color. To avoid this, conservators keep Klauke’s prints in cold storage, with color photographs.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Photography and Media

Artist

Jürgen Klauke

Title

Physiognomies (Physiognomien)

Place

Germany (Artist's nationality)

Date

Made 1972–1973

Medium

Chromogenic prints (8), artist proof 2/2 from an edition of 3 + 2 artist proofs

Dimensions

Each image: 60 × 50 cm (23 5/8 × 19 11/16 in.); Each frame: 60.2 × 50.2 × 2.8 cm (23 3/4 × 19 13/16 × 1 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Purchased with funds provided by Deirdre F. McBreen

Reference Number

2018.136a-h

Extended information about this artwork

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