Identity, the body and the subversion of Modernism

Artists deconstruct social identity and examine the body as a cultural subject.

United States

Here is a broad range of art from the United States including the Process art of Hesse, Benglis, and Windsor, the appropriation of Sherman, Colescott, and Levine and Carrie Mae Weems' confrontation with the brutality of slavery and racism.

Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East

Meanwhile, European artists were also busy exploring issues of identity and the body. Gerhard Richter for example rejected the way artists branded by a particular style and creates a spectrum of work from the hyper realist to the purely abstract. In Britain, Bacon, Freud and Ofili find new power in representations of the human body far removed for the classical tradition.