Los Angeles

Judie Bamber

Richard Telles Fine Art

Meticulously rendered in a hyperrealist mode, each of Judie Bamber’s miniscule paintings depict, in the most explicit way possible, what should not be a subject for high art: the female sex. While the academic nude functions fetishistically, displacing masculine anxiety over the fullness (not the “lack”) of female genitalia, Bamber’s is the ultimate feminist gesture, representing as art what is normally relegated to the realm of pornography.

Building on the interest in relating female experience through “central core” imagery, which characterized one strand of feminist art theory in the ’70s, Bamber brilliantly refutes the subsequently articulated critique that such a notion necessarily “essentializes” femininity. Here, the three renderings of vulvas make differences among female anatomical organs explicit. Thus one picture shows a female sex that is unutterably pink and fleshy, with no

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