Severed Breasts, Lee Miller, and Surrealist Photography
Emma and Christy look at Lee Miller’s photographs Untitled (Severed Breast from Radical Surgery in a Place Setting I and II (c. 1929) and talk about double mastectomies, fragmented bodies, feminist (?) art, Georges Bataille… and recipes for ‘cauliflower breasts’.
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Lee Miller, Untitled (Severed Breast from Radical Surgery in a Place Setting I) (c. 1929)
Lee Miller, Untitled (Severed Breast from Radical Surgery in a Place Setting II) (c. 1929)
Man Ray, Anatomies (1929)
Man Ray, Indestructible Object or Object to Be Destroyed (1923, remade 1933, editioned replica 1965)
Man Ray, Observatory Time: The Lovers (1932)
Roland Penrose, Lee Miller with Body Cast, known as ‘Bewitches Witch’ (1942)
Man Ray, Minotaur (1933)
Man Ray, The Return to Reason(1923)
Photograph by Edward Steichen, Lee Miller in a Kotex ad (1928)
Jo Spence, Property of Jo Spence? (1982)
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