A Bar at ... #5 (feat. a Bar, AM-painting, Pain Bottle, Man, Bruised Grid, Infiniti, Balls, Spectator)

A work made of acrylic, pastel, pencil and metallic paint on canvas; mirrored aluminum composite sheet and wooden shelf.

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  • A work made of acrylic, pastel, pencil and metallic paint on canvas; mirrored aluminum composite sheet and wooden shelf.

Date:

2013

Artist:

Jutta Koether
German, born 1958

About this artwork

Jutta Koether engages and challenges canonical male artists through a distinctive perspective that is at once decidedly irreverent, self-reflective, allegorical, and gendered. Always attentive to questions of staging and display, she has hung paintings from the ceiling or on floating glass panels, and she frequently experiments with lighting conditions. Her A Bar at … # reimagines Édouard Manet’s renowned Bar at the Folies-Bergère (1882; Courtauld Gallery, London), in which a server stands behind a marble countertop, a long mirror in the background. She looks straight ahead; a man, possibly the subject of her pensive gaze, appears as a reflection behind her. In Koether’s reworking of this iconic painting, the subject is now naked, and the confrontation is directly with the viewer. The artist holds a mirror up to us—spectators implicated in the work’s content through our own act of looking.

On View

Contemporary Art, Gallery 293

Artist

Jutta Koether

Title

A Bar at ... #5 (feat. a Bar, AM-painting, Pain Bottle, Man, Bruised Grid, Infiniti, Balls, Spectator)

Date

2013

Medium

Acrylic, pastel, pencil and metallic paint on canvas; mirrored aluminum composite sheet and wooden shelf

Dimensions

Painting: 121.9 × 183.5 (48 × 72 1/4 × 2 1/3 in.) Shelf: 5 3/4 × 6 × 118 in.

Credit Line

Claire and Gordon Prussian Fund for Contemporary Art

Reference Number

2017.273a-c

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