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Two Sides

Photo: Elizabeth Mann

Two Sides


Ann Leda Shapiro

American, born 1947

This drawing was included in the 1973 exhibition Ann Leda Shapiro: Recent Paintings at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. At the time, the feminist movement was accelerating but the exhibition was closed after a few weeks because the artist's depiction of hermaphrodites caused an uproar.
Watercolor on paper
Overall: 20 × 14 in. (50.8 × 35.6 cm)
Gift of Matthew Offenbacher and Jennifer Nemhauser with funds from the 2013 Neddy Award in Painting
Provenance: The artist; purchased from the artist by Matthew Offenbacher, Seattle, March 2015
Photo: Elizabeth Mann
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistoryNew York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Ann Leda Shapiro: Recent Paintings, Nov. 9–Dec. 10, 1973. No catalogue.

Seattle, Seattle Art Museum, Rebel Rebel, Aug. 29, 2015–July 4, 2016. No catalogue.

Published ReferencesGraves, Jen. "The Most Unusual Art Gift Ever." The Stranger, May 6, 2015: reproduced.

Morser, Juli-Goetz. “Formerly Censored Painting now belongs to SAM.” Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber, June 17, 2015.

Manitach, Amanda. “The Rebels Among Us.” City Arts, September 4, 2015.

Demetre, Jim. “Rebel Rebel at SAM to Run through December 13.” Seattle Magazine, December 2015.

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