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30 x 60 x 2 in. (76.2 x 152.4 x 5.08 cm)

Kenneth Aptekar (Detroit, Michigan, 1950 - ) Primary

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Oil paint on copper plate
Credit Line: Gift of The Anorcase Foundation
Accession Number: 2010.01

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So, Who Do You Think You Are? (2011-2012)

Kenneth Aptekar has long been interested in exploring gender identity; specifically, how men and masculinity have been portrayed throughout the history of art. This early diptych features an enlarged self-portrait featuring the artist’s mouth and beard, a shiny sixteenth-century suit of armor, and an effeminate figure taken from the painting The Rising of the Sun (1753) by François Boucher. Together the bearded mouth and metal armor represent male virility. Yet, by placing Boucher’s figure near his bearded mouth and metal armor, Aptekar questioned social ideas of masculinity. These images now convey ideas of both strength and vulnerability exhibited side by side.


So, Who Do You Think You Are?
, September 25, 2011- January 15, 2012, New Wing, Second Floor, Central Skylight Gallery, San José Museum of Art.

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