Vito Acconci

Kiss Off

1971
These prints exemplify two related artistic movements of the 1970s. Vito Acconci's laborious explorations of his own body were central to the performance-based movement known as Body Art, while the written reflections about the social meanings of his actions are typical of the theoretical deliberations associated with Conceptual Art. "KISS OFF (February 11, 1971) (1) Putting on lipstick - Taking off male lips, putting on female lips. (2) Kissing my hand and wrist - 'Putting a stamp on it,' closing myself up in my choice, 'coloring my actions,' 'spreading example.' (3) Rubbing my hand on the lithograph stone - Using the stone to wipe my hand, rubbing off my female characteristics, 'cleaning myself up.'
Artist
Title
Kiss Off
Date
1971
Medium
Print
Materials
lithograph in black and red on Arches wove paper
Dimensions
76.4 x 57.3 cm
Nationality
American
Credit line
Purchased 1972
Accession number
17037