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Target Practice: The Vagina Painting

Target Practice review here. Previous post (Yoko Ono) here.

Below,  from Target Practice, Shigeko Kubota’s Vagina Painting, 1965

tpvagina.jpgSecond-wave feminism had just begun when Kubota contributed her version of change the joke, slip the yoke. Using women as paint brushes in performance begun with Yves Klein (The Monotone Symphony, 1949, restaged March 9, 1960). Unlike the bar antics of certain talented strippers, Kubota did not paint with an intimate body part. The brush is attached to her underwear. Proving that her performance was an all-star event, George Maciunas took the photograph.

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