Sex Work

Renate Bertlmann

Richard Saltoun, S7

Renate BERTLMANN, Verwandlungen (Transformations), 1969/2013 (Detail). 53 black and white photographs reprint on baryt paper. Each: 25 x 17 cm. Edition of 3 + 1 AP. Courtesy: Richard Saltoun, London

Renate Bertlmann is an Austrian feminist artist whose practice is dominated by issues surrounding sexuality and gender, with her body often serving as the medium. Bertlmann actively confronts social stereotypes assigned to the ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine’, using fetishistic objects as her props – dildos, condoms, pacifiers – to subvert our expectations.

Renate Bertlmann has been working on the edges of transgressive feminist practice in Austria since the late 1960s. Showcasing Bertlmann’s diverse practice, spanning painting, drawing, collage, photography, performance and sculpture, Richard Saltoun’s Sex Work presentation will be the first time many of the works have been seen in London and made commercially available. This presentation aims to solidify Bertlmann’s position as one of the most important feminist artists working today.

Renate Bertlmann (Born 1943, Vienna; lives and works in Vienna) Renate Bertlmann was recently awarded the 2017 Austria State Art Prize, becoming the third female artist to win in its history. In 1975 she was included in the radical feminist exhibition ‘MAGNA. Feminismus’ curated by VALIE EXPORT, Galerie St. Stephan, Vienna. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Angst’, Fotohof Salzburg, Vienna (2017) and ‘Renate Bertlmann | Maria Lassnig’, Sotheby’s S|2, London (2017). Her work is in the collections of mumok Vienna; Tate London, Sammlung Verbund and MAC, Vienna.