Jan Nigro

Summer Encounter

Summer Encounter by Jan Nigro
Summer Encounter by Jan Nigro

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Summer Encounter 1972-73 plays with the then current tensions between abstraction and figuration by portraying a feminised male as if he is a ‘peeping tom’. This articulation of a feminist perspective on men as ‘girly boys’ comically positions the viewer as having a female gaze. The fact that it is not immediately clear what gender the figure in the painting is makes the tension between who looks and who is being looked at even more charming.

Title
Summer Encounter
Artist/creator
Production date
1972-1973
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
370 x 595 mm
Inscription
nil
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Jan Nigro, 2009
Accession no
2009/30/1
Copyright
Copying restrictions apply
Department
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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