L'œuvre I like Olympia in Black Face - Centre Pompidou

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I like Olympia in Black Face

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Crédit photographique : © Philippe Migeat - Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI /Dist. RMN-GP
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Larry Rivers (1923 - 2002)

I like Olympia in Black Face

(J'aime Olympia en Noire)

1970

Huile sur bois, toile plastifiée, plastique et plexiglas

182 x 194 x 100 cm

Construction peinte

Don de la Menil Foundation en mémoire de Jean de Menil, 1976

Numéro d'inventaire : AM 1976-1231

Description for the presentation 2013-2014 in the National Museum of Modern Art

Neither painting nor sculpture, the American artist’s work is a citation of Manet’s Olympia (1863). At the time, this painting, showing a prostitute rather than a Venus, caused a scandal. Rivers, meanwhile, evokes another scandal: that of the segregation of the Blacks in the US. Here we see a twofold opposition: master/slave and black/white, denouncing the arbitrary nature of social conditions for Afro-Americans. With its composite elements, this picture belongs to the modern collage and assemblage tradition.

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