Janine Antoni

(b. 1964)

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(1964– )

American sculptor, born in the Bahamas. She has made sculpture out of food. Gnaw (1992, MoMA, New York) consists of three 600 pound cubes of lard and chocolate which she had nibbled herself. They stand on pedestals as if, in the words of Ewa Lajer-Burcharth, ‘parading Minimalism undone by a fit of voracious passion’. In a case next door there are lipsticks and kitschy boxes cast from what she had spat out. Leja-Burkoff argues that what Antoni was doing was revisiting the Minimalist preoccupation with the relationship to the body. She makes special reference to Robert Morris, in the light of her difference as a woman artist, and ‘addresses femininity as a construct of consumer culture’. In Loving Care (1993) she once again looks at an aspect of modernist practice, and presents it as something gender-specific by a performance in which she made an Action Painting with her long hair dipped in dye.

Further Reading

E. Lajer-Burcharth, ‘Antoni's Difference’, Differences vol. 10, issue 2 (1998)

Subjects: Art.

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