Hermaphrodeity

Artist:Gene Szafran
Date:1974
Medium:Oil on Canvas
Dimensions:Sight Size 24" x 36" Framed 31" X 43"
Condition:Excellent
Original Use:Cover art for Hermaphrodeity by Alan Friedman, Avon Books
Price:$1,950.00 on sale $1,450.00
Full view

Full view

The artist's signature lower right

The artist's signature lower right

The published artwork (included in sale)

The published artwork (included in sale)

Gene Szafran created this surreal, bold and wildly psychedelic painting for the cover of the 1973 paperback edition of  Hermaphrodeity - An Autobiography Of A Poet, by Alan Friedman, which was nominated for a National Book Award. The novel was an early exploration of non-binary gender identity, a topic that was starting to come into public consciousnesses as the sexual revolution and women's rights movements began opening space for conversations about previously taboo topics surrounding the body and personal identity. The artist interpreted the protagonist (a hermaphrodite/deity, as it were) as a fragmented winged nude abstracted uni-sexed figure finding divinity in a seashell--a postmodern riff on Botticelli's The Birth of Venus.
Painting is simply framed and a copy of the paperback book accompanies the illustration.

Framed view

Framed view



 

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