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A major exhibition featuring the work of Christina Ramberg and her contemporaries, exploring the themes of gender and identity.

Bringing together works by Christina Ramberg (1946–1995), her contemporaries and younger artists including Allen Jones, Senga Nengudi, Frieda Toranzo Jaeger, Charlotte Posenenske and Gaylen Gerber, this exhibition explores the urgency with which her work speaks to contemporary debate around gender and identity.

Ramberg emerged as one of the most intriguing painters of a generation known as the Chicago Imagists, and left a remarkable body of comic, formally elegant and erotically sinister paintings. She once described the drawings of corsets in her sketchbooks as ‘containing, restraining, re-forming, hurting, compressing, binding, transforming a lumpy shape into a clean smooth line’.

The Making of Husbands: Christina Ramberg in Dialogue explores Ramberg’s understanding of the body as deeply intertwined with its surroundings, shaped by corsets, bandages and hairdos, as well as by behavioural conventions.

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