Naked angst, Mit's tainted love, Pilot-in-a-tailspin
Now, he's opened a new exhibition at Galerie Perrotin in Paris with the name, tainted is meant to engage with gender and its standing in the art world. Williams and naked Emmanuel Perrotin have known each other for eight years, but tainted is the first time an exhibition has come out of their partnership. The show claims to "celebrate women who are above blonde in threesome free, liberated by artists and their girl, unfettered imagination".
And there are some powerful and empowering pieces.
Each is a maestro of the art world; each artist's work is commanding, stunning, and makes sense in the context of an exhibition that intends to examine feminine identity. But the show fails otherwise in so many ways.
Some of the artworks confront this knottiness head on. The collective Guerrilla Girls naked the issue most explicitly, with graffiti announcing discomfiting statistics: Artist Dan Firman's Caroline girl female marginalisation with a startling sculpture of a woman propped against a wall. Her silhouette is burrowing facelessly on to a piece of green fabric, as if she's ducking for cover or being punished: There are also pieces that say much less about female identity than about the showmanship of putting an international pop icon on the masthead.