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Rachel

A work made of papier-mâché, metal plates, wire, acrylic paint, and matte medium.

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  • A work made of papier-mâché, metal plates, wire, acrylic paint, and matte medium.

Date:

1986

Artist:

Greer Lankton
American, 1958–1996

About this artwork

Greer Lankton made lifelike doll sculptures modeled on friends and celebrities often staged in theatrical settings. Meticulously constructed and featuring extravagant costumes and makeup, the portraits are at once glamorous and grotesque, reflecting Lankton’s lifelong obsession with body image. She was a transgender artist and self-described anorexic and addict who considered her work autobiographical. “It’s all about ME,” Lankton wrote in a powerful poem-statement that emphasizes not only “indulgence” and “vanity” but also the artist’s sense of being “trapped in [her] own world.” Here the artist depicted performance artist Rachel Rosenthal with a haggard visage yet fiercely confident stance. The sculpture once served as a mannequin in the window of Einstein’s, a boutique in New York’s East Village.

Status

On View, Gallery 293

Department

Contemporary Art

Artist

Greer Lankton

Title

Rachel

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1986

Medium

Papier-mâché, metal plates, wire, acrylic paint, and matte medium

Dimensions

71.1 × 53.3 × 27.9 cm (28 × 21 × 11 in.)

Credit Line

Promised gift of Eric Ceputis and David W. Williams

Reference Number

Obj: 230882

Extended information about this artwork

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