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Physiognomies (Physiognomien)

A work made of chromogenic prints (8).

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  • A work made of chromogenic prints (8).


1972-73, printed 2008


Jürgen Klauke
German, born 1943

About this artwork

Appearances can be deceiving. Jürgen Klauke’s important early performance piece explores the fluidity of gender and sexuality, and his choice of materials extends this subversion of expectations. Playing with costume, makeup, and pose, Klauke challenges the signs that traditionally define gender identity. Similarly, the pictures appear to be black-and-white photographs but were in fact printed on color paper. Over time, the dyes that form the image might degrade, altering the work’s current gray tonality and creating unwanted casts of color. To avoid this, conservators keep Klauke’s prints in cold storage, with color photographs.


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Jürgen Klauke


Physiognomies (Physiognomien)


Germany (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1972–1973


Chromogenic prints (8)


artist's proof 2 of 2, from an edition of 3 plus 2 artist's proofs


Each image: 60 × 50 cm (23 5/8 × 19 11/16 in.); Each frame: 60.2 × 50.2 × 2.8 cm (23 3/4 × 19 13/16 × 1 1/8 in.)

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Purchased with funds provided by Deirdre F. McBreen

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