Body Art

10.26.12

Pop Through a Woman's Eyes

The Daily Pic: Kiki Kogelnik's 1960s work looks forward to feminist pieces from decades later.

These images are by an Austrian artist named Kiki Kogelnik, who died in 1997. She had a stint in 1960s  New York, and is now showing at Simon Subal Gallery there. What interests me about her is that, even as she adopted the look of Pop Art, her content looked forward to feminist work of the 1980s and 90s. She was interested in the female body and how science and medicine touch it, and she sampled clinical imagery to get at her concerns. Of course, in the mostly male world of Pop, this was hardly a way to hit it big.

For a full visual survey of past Daily Pics visit blakegopnik.com/archive.