Bracha L. Ettinger and Ria Verhaeghe

Fundació Antoni Tàpies

This demanding exhibition was not for anyone who might be in a hurry. It required patience, concentration, and above all, a great deal of time. Curator Catherine de Zegher, the former director of the Drawing Center, in New York, has long been looking at convergences in the work of Bracha L. Ettinger, an artist and psychoanalyst based in Israel and France, and Ria Verhaeghe, a Flemish artist who has worked as a nurse. On a broad scale, de Zegher’s major 1996 traveling exhibition, “Inside the Visible: An Elliptical Traverse of Twentieth Century Art in, of, and from the Feminine” (which featured more than thirty women artists from a wide range of countries), laid out some of the notions fundamental to this show—mainly, the idea of building a conception of art in opposition to phallocentric discourses and the set identity structures that they impose. The works on view in this exhibition, titled

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