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Friday, 24 January 2014

Much Ado About The Racist Chair.

                                 This image of socialite Dasha Zhukova sitting on a chair made from a lifelike mannequin of a black woman lying on back with her legs in the was published on Martin Luther King Day
                                            Socialite Dasha Zhukova sitting on the chair 
The chair, designed by a Norwegian artist Bjarne Melgaard, was ‘an art work intended specifically as a commentary on gender and racial politics’, she claimed. Her somewhat self-serving explanation is not unlike that offered by the man on whose erotic furniture Melgaard based his chair.
It was in 1969 that British artist Allen Jones, a friend and contemporary of David Hockney at the Royal College of Art, designed a set of sculptures — a hat-stand, table and chair — all incorporating fibreglass models of submissive women (although they were white, not black) in skimpy leather outfits. The sculptures were cast in fibreglass by a company that produced mannequins for shop windows at a cost of £1,500 each.
  The original: Allen Jones created 'Woman As An Armchair' in 1969. It was exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London and at the Tate
They caused a storm of protest when they were first exhibited in 1970. Feminists, not surprisingly, took great exception to the way they objectified women, turning them into nothing more than a piece of furniture, something on which men could hang their hats or put their pint glass.  
  Six editions of three pieces of 'furniture' were produced and an entire set was bought by the German playboy Gunter Sachs
I must confess they are artistic but demeaning. I feel theres a thin line between Art and Abuse......Just Saying

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