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Style Ish: Androgynous Female Artists

If this is your first time reading, let me take a moment to tell you the absolute number one tenet here on Ribbon Around a Bomb: ALWAYS style over substance. I mean, why discuss an artist’s work when you can judge their sartorial choices, right?

In the spirit of that credo, here are some of my favorite women artists of the past century, who have been inspiring me lately with their no-fucking-frills androgynous style. Jesus, why do I wear stupid dresses?

Identity Transfer 2 1968, printed late 1990s by VALIE EXPORT born 1940[Valie Export, Identity Transfer 2, 1968.]

artist Lynda Benglis, Advertisement from Artforum magazine, April 1974[Lynda Benglis, the woman responsible for this truly, um, "androgynous" situation. 1974.]

artist marisol escobar [Marisol Escobar, 1957. Photo by Walter Sanders.]

artist frida kahlo 1926 guillermo kahlo[Frida Kahlo, 1926. It doesn't get more androgynous than this. Photo, I believe, by her father Guillermo Kahlo.]

artist diane arbus 1967 roz kelly [Diane Arbus, 1967. Photo by Roz Kelly.]

artist eva hesse 1965 [Eva Hesse, 1965.  Anyone know the photog?]

artist georgia o keefe alfred stieglitz 1918 [Georgia O'Keeffe, 1918. Photo, of course, by Alfred Stieglitz.]

laurie anderson nyc 1980 lynn goldsmith [Laurie Anderson, 1980. Photo by Lynn Goldsmith.]

artist nancy graves 1992 barbara yoshida [Nancy Graves, 1992. Photo by Barbara Yoshida.]

artist marina abramovic 1980 [Marina Abramovic, Rest Energy, 1980.]

More androgynous fashion! Oh, AND MORE.

Sorry about this shit. Ribbon Around a Bomb podcast coming soon, I swear.

3 comments on “Style Ish: Androgynous Female Artists

  1. SiouxsieSuitcase
    December 18, 2013

    Substantial style and stylised substance.
    Female androgyny is more interesting than male androgyny in some ways. I think it’s easier to have a more subtle look, while even if a boy wore a very plain dress, it would come across as flamboyant. I love how simple and minimal all of these artists’ outfits are. They look stylish, but not over-the-top.
    I like your stupid dresses.

  2. Ferrara Brain Pan
    December 18, 2013

    “Jesus, why do I wear stupid dresses?”

    A: I have consulted with Our Lord, and he hath proclaimed, “Because you look fuckin’ hawt in ‘em!”

    That pic of Marisol is beautiful… and there is a Diane Arbus show here in the city this month, we should go…

    http://fraenkelgallery.com/exhibitions/1971-1956

    • ribbonaroundabomb
      December 25, 2013

      AMEN! Thank you, Ferrara.

      I would have loved to go to that Arbus show, but I’m out of town until January 3rd. Hope you have a delightful December 25th!

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