musée d'art contemporain
de Bordeaux


16.05.2013 -> 01.09.2013

Sylvia Sleigh

A Visceral Eye

A Visceral Eye is the most comprehensive retrospective to date of Welsh-born realist painter Sylvia Sleigh (1916–2010) who gained critical success in the 1960s and ’70s as an important instigator of New York’s feminist art scene. Known for her explicit male nudes that quote and subvert the art historical tradition of male gaze onto female body, Sleigh’s portraits feature artists, musicians and writers of both genders, dressed and naked, representing a pantheon of significant cultural figures. Exploring contemporary portraiture as an intimate dialogue between artist and sitter, Sleigh’s practice elevated her subjects, aiming to remove objectification from art. In these portraits, she combined bold sensuality with a personal feminism that placed her at the heart of a discourse on power, representation, and gender.


Sylvia Sleigh (1916-2010) was born in Wales. In 1961 she moved to New York, where she spent the rest of her life.


The exhibition is a joint production by the Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, the Kunsthalle, Sankt Gallen, and the CAPC musée d’art contemporain, in Bordeaux. It will be shown at the Tate Liverpool and the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo in Seville.

-> Curator(s): Alexis Vaillant, Chief Curator at the CAPC museum of contemporary art of Bordeaux

-> Galerie Ferrère, 2nd floor
-> Disabled access
-> Price: Entrance of the museum : 5 €, 2,50 € (reduce rate)

Web Magazine Online

> la collection en ligne <