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Infinity Kisses II

Carolee Schneemann

Contemporary Art

Not one to rest on her renegade avant-garde laurels, Carolee Schneemann’s series Infinity Kisses, begun in 1981, proposes an eccentric interspecies intimacy, one that the artist nurtured with generations of cats in her eighteenth-century farmhouse in upstate New York. Seeing her pets as reincarnations of a single being, Schneemann extended her career-long exploration of taboo sensuality into a series of blurry images that capture fleeting moments of hedonistic contact with a being she loved. Largely rejected by the art world at the time, Schneemann embraced her self-determined role as the ultimate outlandish cat lady, having learned from years of experience that it often takes the art world decades to catch up with transgressive women artists.
MEDIUM Chromogenic photograph
DATES 1990–1998
DIMENSIONS Each sheet: 60 × 40 in. (152.4 × 101.6 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Contemporary Art
CREDIT LINE Gift of Marc Routh by arrangement with the Remy-Toledo Gallery
PROVENANCE By 2004, acquired from the artist by Galerie Samuel Lallouz, Montreal, Canada; 2004, purchased from Galerie Samuel Lallouz by Marc Routh of New York, NY; 2005, gift of Marc Routh to the Brooklyn Museum.
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CAPTION Carolee Schneemann (American, Fox Chase, PA, born 1939, died 2019, New Paltz, NY). Infinity Kisses II, 1990–1998. Chromogenic photograph, Each sheet: 60 × 40 in. (152.4 × 101.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Marc Routh by arrangement with the Remy-Toledo Gallery, 2005.60a-b. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2005.60a_PS20.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 2005.60a_PS20.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2023
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