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Mary Beth Edelson, Many Breasted Great Mother (Lucy Lippard), 1973, ink, grease pencil, and paper on silver gelatin print, 10 × 8". From the series “Women Rising,” 1973.

Mary Beth Edelson

David Lewis

Mary Beth Edelson, Many Breasted Great Mother (Lucy Lippard), 1973, ink, grease pencil, and paper on silver gelatin print, 10 × 8". From the series “Women Rising,” 1973.

The seventeen photographs in this show offered a morphing, moving image of subjectivity. Drawn from Mary Beth Edelson’s 1973 series “Women Rising,” they were all self-portraits of some kind or other: black-and-white pictures of the artist standing naked on a beach in North Carolina with her legs spread and her arms held up and bent at the elbow. Most incorporated the same picture, printed from the same negative, though a couple of others offered variations on the theme. But the photographs served only as the ground for figures to come: With marker and paint, Edelson went to work on them, transforming herself into a cast of fantastic characters—in one (Burning Bright), she becomes a tiger, while in another she dons the bikinied costume of TV’s Wonder Woman. The imagery moves in all directions—from the mythological to the mediatic, and the space where the two meet—but

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