Baby Highlights in Contemporary Art

by Art Fag City on January 21, 2009 · 25 comments Events

Catherine Opie, Self-Portrait /Nursing 2004, chromogenic print, 40 x 32″ (101.6 x 81.3 cm), edition of 8.  Suggestion via: Kevin Regan

I probably should have chosen Octopi as a subject infrequently depicted in art; reader comments suggest there are far more babies in contemporary art than I had thought.   I’m posting a few highlights below and welcome additional contributions. Suggestions won’t be listed if they include empty baby carriages, commercial photography, or are simply not accomplished enough to post.  Update: I meant to link to this article on the subject as well: Sharon Butler’s Neo-Maternalism: Contemporary Artists’ Approach to Motherhood

Ron Mueck, Head of A Baby. Suggestion via:

Ron Mueck, Baby, Via:

Loretta Lux, Spring, 2001, Ilfochrome Print, Image via: Yossi Milo Gallery Suggestion via: Jesse Patrick Martin.

Francesca Fuchs, Installation shot, 2007 Left: Blue Blanket, 2006, Right: Linen Closet, 2006. Suggestion via: Virginia

Charles Ray. (American, born 1953). Family Romance. 1993. Painted fiberglass and synthetic hair, 53″ x 7′ 1″ x 11″ (134.6 x 215.9 x 27.9 cm). Gift of The Norton Family Foundation. © 2009 Charles Ray, Suggestion via: Kevin Regan

Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset Suggestion via:

Greg sez: “Elmgreen & Dragset leave babies in the backseat of cars at in front of fake ATM's”  Full post here.

Guy Ben-ner, House Hold (still), 2001. Suggestion via:

Greg sez: “They're a bit older now, but I like the way Guy Ben Ner has been working his into his videos; it's an interesting comment on the work vs family, home vs studio dynamic that's usually considered to be mom thing.”

Barnaby Whitfield, Suggestion via Anaba

Marlene Dumas, For Jerry (caption AFC).  Suggestion via: Rachel Jones and c-monster.

And my personal favorite: The Onion’s Anne Geddes Satire.  (It’s also currently linked in our side bar).

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