Rosemarie Castoro

(1939-2015, US)
Flashers, 1979-1981
Galvanized steel, paint, pigments
246.5 × 58.5 × 53.5 cm
242.5 × 63.5 × 49.5 cm

The Geneva public had the opportunity to discover this artist’s work at the retrospective organised by MAMCO in winter 2019-2020. First presented in the streets of New York by the Public Art Fund in 1983, these sculptures played on the tension between figuration and abstraction at a time when figurative art was practically condemned. If these strange, somber deployments made reference to the recent development of abstraction, they more precisely evoked “flashers”–those subway exhibitionists whom women in New York had to endure in that period. The series crystallizes the reappropriation of a woman artist’s point of view on her daily life and on the history of sculpture, then still dominated by men.

Estate of Rosemarie Castoro