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Revisiting Jason Rhoades’s ‘Black Pussy’

installview Revisiting Jason Rhoadess Black Pussy

Installation view of the 2007 exhibition ‘Black Pussy’ at David Zwirner. (Courtesy David Zwirner)

Six years ago today, artist Jason Rhoades died at the age of 41. The next year, his longtime dealer David Zwirner showed his massive and great installation, Black Pussy, which Rhoades finished just before he died. The whole work measured some 3,000 square feet. Here’s a bit from the show’s news release about the many components of the work:

The work also features 185 neon pussy word signs, as part of the artist’s ongoing project of creating a cross-cultural compendium of synonyms for female genitalia. Large storage racks are covered with myriad objects, including hundreds of Egyptian Hookah pipes from a seized shipping container, over 350 unique Dream Catchers (a traditional Native American fetish object used to filter dreams), 89 beaver-felt cowboy hats, 72 Chinese Scholar stones, Venetian glass vegetables (and Chinese knock-offs), colorful cloth rugs, a homemade aluminum replica of Jeff Koons’ famous stainless steel Rabbit (1986), and more.

Below, a brief tour of the show, courtesy of videographer James Kalm—perfect for a rainy Wednesday afternoon in the city.

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