$10,000 to acquire two 1974 photographs from the artist’s S.O.S-Starification Object Series, 1974-82 for the museum’s permanent collection. A New York based artist, Wilke created highly personal photographic self-portraits that explored issues of feminism, voyeurism and the ramifications of disease. Touching on these issues, the images in S.O.S.-Starification Object Series depict Wilke in stereotypical female poses, “scarred” by vaginally shaped pieces of masticated chewing gum.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
New York, NY