Evelyne Axell, Axell-eration, 1965, oil on canvas, 20 5/8 x 25".

Evelyne Axell

Museum Abteiberg

Evelyne Axell, Axell-eration, 1965, oil on canvas, 20 5/8 x 25".

Axell-eration is the title Evelyne Axell, who shortened her name to the gender-neutral Axell at the beginning of her artistic career, gave to one of her paintings in 1965, and now “Axelleration. Evelyne Axell 1964–1972” is the title of the first extensive solo show in Germany by this Belgian artist, who died in a car crash in 1972. The painting shows the pedals of an automobile being operated by a woman in red high heels. Several characteristics of Pop art come together here: the fascination with speed and the car as a symbol of a new modern lifestyle; bright colors and an emphasis on stencil-like, two-dimensional surfaces, borrowed from an advertising aesthetic; and last but not least, the eroticization of the female body through the use of the quasi-cinematic close-up. But the woman here is not merely the object of the gaze, the focal point of desire. She is active, the one who

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