Hannah Wilke

Hannah Wilke

selections from S.O.S. Starification Object Series, 1974

Biography


Born in New York in 1940, Hannah Wilke grew up in New York City and suburban Long Island, and received a B.F.A. from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia in 1962. By the middle 1960’s, she had begun making vaginally shaped sculptures, mostly in ceramic, that ranged from raw to elegant. Developing this imagery throughout her career as a feminist statement and also out of interest in its formal possibilities, she went on to explore similarly sensual abstract forms in latex wall sculptures of the 1970s. A pioneer of video and performance art, Wilke staged events in which her own body, often mostly or entirely unclothed, became the vehicle of some of her most radical provocations. Her mother’s illness with cancer, followed by her own, dramatically changed the direction of Wilke’s work, adding a disturbing and powerful dimension to her achievement. She died in 1993, at 52. Using a wide range of unconventional media, including latex and chewing gum as well as photography and film, she paid tribute to predecessors like Marcel Duchamp with humorous irreverence. Her key concern was the body as instrument and object of visual expression.

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Jan 30, 1994 New York Times Hannah Wilke An Artist's Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Exhibitions

Sep 11, 2010 Hannah Wilke Early Drawings

Sep 08, 2007 Hannah Wilke Intra-Venus Tapes 1990-1993

Oct 16, 1999 Hannah Wilke Sculpture and Other Work

Jan 08, 1994 Hannah Wilke Intra-Venus

Hannah Wilke

Intra-Venus No. 1, 1992

Hannah Wilke

Intra-Venus No. 1, 1992

Hannah Wilke

Brushstrokes, January 19, 1992

Hannah Wilke

Brushstrokes, January 24, 1992

Hannah Wilke

Intra-Venus Series #6: February 19, 1992

from the "Intra-Venus" series

Hannah Wilke

Intra-Venus Series No. 10: June 22, 1992

from the "Intra-Venus" series

Hannah Wilke

Self Portrait with Durer Wing, 1976

Hannah Wilke

S.O.S. Starification Object Series, 1974

Hannah Wilke

S.O.S. Starification Object Series, 1974

Hannah Wilke

S.O.S. Starification Object Series, 1974

Hannah Wilke

S.O.S. Starification Object Series, 1974

Hannah Wilke

Untitled, 1974

from "Needed Erase Her" series

Hannah Wilke

One Care Just Ain't Enough These Days, 1964

Hannah Wilke

Equinox, 1965

Hannah Wilke

Untitled, 1964

Hannah Wilke

Untitled, 1964

Hannah Wilke

Untitled, 1960s

Hannah Wilke

Untitled, 1960s

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