THANASSIS RENTZIS Gyne (Woman) 2002 - x +
RenT2002gyne

CN: RenT2002gyne

MT: monotype: water based ink on paper (50x35)

ED: 1/1

TX: inscribed with pencil at lower left of picture in Greek <Monotype>, signed at right <Rentzis ’02>

LC: ACG Art Store

DN: Mr. Thanassis Rentzis - 2009

CM: Thanassis Rentzis uses a female torso through which to refer to the archetypal city's soul. His inspiration came from Die Idee (1920), an illustrated novel by Frans Masereel (1889-1972), describing the following metaphysical incident: A woman comes to an intelectual descending from the ceiling of his house. He grabs her and seals her in a letter that disturbs the city. Masereel belonged to a peripheral cultural group that was nevertheless politically hard. His group demanded in an intransigent manner a liberalism of expression as much for artists as for citizens. In fact the woman identifies with the city's soul. Rentzis' Gyne combines Masereel's woman and The Metropolis and Mental Life of Georg Simmel (1858-1918). The picture p resents the torso of a woman that is headless, because her body is restricted to her sexually desired part. Horizontally against her vertically feet sprawl three lines, a reference to the city's infrustructure. On another level, the body of Gyne is archetypally depicted as an upright container with an open mouth.

[Megakles Rogakos 03/2009]

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