Joyce Wieland, Woman Amusing Herself around 1953

Joyce Wieland (1931-1998) Woman amusing herself c. 1955, black crayon on paper. Art Gallery of Ontario, gift of Betty Ramsaur Ferguson, Puslinch, On., 1998 © 2003 National Gallery of Canada, Gift of the Estate of Joyce Wieland

Joyce WIeland: The Female Nude

October 9, 1999 - January 9, 2000


Joyce Wieland (1931-1998) was one of several young Toronto artists who explored images of the female nude in response to the sexual revolution of the 1960s. Wieland's nude self-portraits of the late 1950s and 1960s parody the classical icons of feminine beauty preserved by Western academic tradition. This modern woman artist depicts herself as the humorous subject of her own artistic gaze, telling a personal story about new attitudes to sexuality and gender. Wieland became known as an outspoken feminist in Canadian art.

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