The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Wednesday, July 18, 2018

P·P·O·W opens solo exhibition of work by Robin F. Williams
Sunday Player, 2016. 62 x 46. Courtesy of the artist and P•P•O•W, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- P·P·O·W presents Your Good Taste is Showing, a solo exhibition by Robin F. Williams. In her third exhibition with P.P.O.W, Williams extends her longstanding interest in gender roles to the strangeness of feminine identity in our current moment. The works bring together a variety of painting techniques, including oil, airbrush, and the staining of raw canvas, resulting in lush, deeply textured works. The complexity and variety of the medium mirrors the layered narrative of the works themselves, reflecting the internal contradiction that Williams reveals in her subject. The dissonance between perceived status, internal desires and a need for self-expression, create the framework for the exhibition.

The exhibition features works at the intersection of genre painting and portraiture; women in unexpected, awkward, and uncomfortable poses. These scenarios humorously explore the absurd standards to which women are still expected to conform. For this exhibition Williams turned to vintage advertising, particularly ads from the 70s, which drew on representational painting as a common aesthetic – a notion that fascinated her – and which sold to women sanctioned substitutes for their authentic desires. Williams began to cull together ads from the 70s that drew on art historical painting tropes; portraits of sexualized women selling a range of products, from cigarettes to shampoo.

Among the works on view will be Your Good Taste is Showing, a work inspired by a cigarette ad that appeared to be aping Vermeer’s Girl With A Pearl Earring but featured an African American model. Williams blended the image with Balthus’ Girl With A Cat, which she inverted and modernized, replacing the original subject’s languid pose with an unflinching stare. The resulting work explores notions of race, class, and sexual agency; Williams places two cigarettes in the woman’s hands, one of which appears to be giving the middle finger. The woman reclines effortlessly on a lounger, her underwear showing, overtly expressing the notion of desire that both the ad and the Balthus painting tried to covertly displace.

Also on view, Burn, a mixed media painting that features a sunburnt woman sitting uncomfortably on a gravestone, cigarette in hand. The work further conveys Williams’ exaggerated use of texture – the subject’s skin is described in rough, combed-through ridges of paint, which sculpt the form and highlight the damage done to the subject’s body. In contrast, the background is airbrushed, mimicking the appearance of an ad in a glossy magazine. By complicating the texture of the work, Williams creates a visceral presence on the canvas, teasing out the tension between depth and illusion and lending the image physicality. With this work, Williams again explores how the notion of “feminine sexiness” actively contradicts the reality of female desire. Subverting two things often portrayed as sexy in an ad, sunbathing and smoking, Williams pushes them to their limits, rendering the death of a woman’s attractiveness.

Through these works, Williams explores female sexuality, a notion paralleled in the motivation for marketing and advertising, which play on the commerciality of desire. Williams’ work explores the myriad manifestations of desire, and the tension between what her subjects are told they are supposed to feel and what they feel internally; between one’s status as feminine and one’s genuine desires–whether a job, power, or a sexual fantasy. Together the works sardonically explore the challenges that women face as they still feel compelled to disguise their desires, while also being authentic to themselves and eschewing societal standards. In her paintings, Williams asks the age old question ‘what do women want?’ On the faces and the bodies of her female subjects, the question seems rhetorical.

Robin F. Williams was born in Ohio in 1984 and currently lives and works in Brooklyn. She received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has been included in numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally. Williams has been honored as the Josephine Mercy Heathcote Fellow at The MacDowell Colony and the 2010 Brooklyn Academy “Playbill Artist.”

Today's News

October 13, 2017

Exhibition of portraits by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec opens at the Bruce Museum

Parthenon Marbles not in any Brexit deal: EU

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner's masterwork 'Schneeberge mit Skiläufern' offered for the first time at auction

US, Israel pull out of UN cultural body over 'anti-Israel' bias

First exhibition in a public gallery of Jean Arp's work in the UK since 1966 opens at Turner Contemporary

Leeds Art Gallery to reopen after almost 2 years closure

The International Center of Photography announces move to Essex Crossing on the Lower East Side

Artcurial to offer 20 original pieces from the collection of the family of Camille Claudel

Walker Art Center raises $78 million to complete campus plan

New exhibition reveals the story behind Sir John Soane's Museum's most treasured possession

Albertz Benda opens exhibition of works by Dennis Scholl

Winston Churchill's half-smoked cigar sells for more than 12k at auction

Harn Museum of Art displays French art featuring women in the 18th - early 19th centuries

Picasso's mansion fails to find new buyer

The Walking Dead finds sanctuary at the Smithsonian

P·P·O·W opens solo exhibition of work by Robin F. Williams

Christie's announces highlights from the Fall sale of Prints & Multiples in New York

Irish Museum of Modern Art opens a major exhibition of the work of William Crozier

Bob Dylan shares center stage with many fine art luminaries at Woodshed Art Auctions

Lavar Munroe debuts a new body of mixed media paintings and sculpture at Jack Bell Gallery

Rare planetarium leads Bonhams Science and Technology Sale

Walk the runway with "Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion" at the Cincinnati Art Museum

Family life in 2017 is up for discussion in new exhibition at National Gallery of Denmark

Freeman's to offer the collection of Father Ivan Storojev

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- French nudists get cheeky with theme park and museum outings

2.- Galerie Miranda opens exhibition of works by Marina Berio

3.- European police seize 25,000 trafficked ancient finds

4.- Son's tribute to his late father £120,000 restoration of their Rover 95 offered at H&H Classics

5.- The National Gallery acquires Artemisia Gentileschi self-portrait

6.- Thieves steal ancient arrow poison from Rijksmuseum Boerhaave in the Netherlands

7.- Researchers discover the oldest giant dinosaur species that inhabited the Earth

8.- One of J.M.W.Turner's greatest watercolours left in private hands sells for £2 million

9.- Louvre sets up Beyonce and Jay-Z art tour

10.- A 'Japanese tip': the origami art left by diners

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful