Solicitations, or, Asking for it: The Violations of Anish Kapoor's *Dirty Corner*

Shapiro, Carolyn ORCID logoORCID: (2018) Solicitations, or, Asking for it: The Violations of Anish Kapoor's *Dirty Corner*. MAI Feminism, Autumn 2018 (2). ISSN 2003-1672

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Abstract / Summary

This essay interrogates Anish Kapoor's public sculpture made in the summer of 2015 for the gardens at Versailles, which he titled,*Dirty Corner.* This abstract sculpture represented the open vagina of Marie Antoinette. Perhaps Kapoor thought he was challenging patriarchal hegemony in its consciously radical presentation. Shortly after the sculpture was completed, a vandal sprayed yellow paint across it. Kapoor cleaned the paint off, but it was then vandalised even more violently a second time. This time, there were extensive words carefully written all over the sculpture-- the words placed strategically on the inner walls of the sculpture to convey a sense of rape. These words were Royalist, Anti-semitic and misogynist in sentiment. This particular conjunction is disturbin, and provokes critical reading in terms of the context of the discursivity of contemporary misogyny.

Item Type: Article
ISSN: 2003-1672
Subjects: Arts > Fine Art
Philosophy & Psychology
Public Exhibition
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Depositing User: Carolyn Shapiro
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2019 09:36
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2022 16:24


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