Self Portrait in White Dress1959 by Marcia Marcus

Marcus was involved with some of New York’s early performance-based Happenings, and the self-fashioning, performative possibilities of different surface qualities and textures comes across in a number of the show’s paintings. At times the artist uses a canvas support with a rough, open weave; in other works, collage or gold or silver leaf embellish the setting or the subject’s attire. For the otherwise minimally rendered, Self Portrait in White Dress, which was executed in Provincetown in 1959, Marcus incorporated sand into the ground at her feet and placed a collaged flower in her hair.
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