Secret Garden Explores the Female Gaze on Erotica

Secret Garden Explores the Female Gaze on Erotica

The new exhibition takes on the female gaze through 40 female artists.

The new exhibition takes on the female gaze through 40 female artists.

Text: Christina Cacouris

Much has been said about the female gaze, thanks in part to photographer Amanda de Cadenet’s launch of the GirlGaze collective—and to that end, there’s a new exhibit on the Lower East Side dedicated to celebrating the female gaze, but with the spotlight on erotica. Untitled Space’s Secret Garden show (taking its name from the seminal 1973 Nancy Friday book) features a mix of media by over 40 female artists, including photography, video, sculpture, and more.

A particular standout in the show is the work of watercolor artist Fahren Feingold, whose ethereal nudes bring to mind romance rather than erotica. Much like feminist artist Marilyn Minter who has made pubic hair the subject of many a painting (and subsequently into a book), Feingold’s nude women feature hair that is either glittery or washed in vibrant colors like blues and purples.

Secret Garden: The Female Gaze on Erotica runs until July 30.

SECRET GARDEN: The Female Gaze On Erotica - Exhibit Artwork, The Untitled Space Gallery, New York - June - July 2017
Credits: IMAGE COURTESY OF UNTITLED SPACE

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