Loading
  • Grid
  • List

Collections Browse Justine/Juliette

Collections Browse Justine/Juliette

Image Rights
Close
Image
Courtesy Walker Art Center
Rights
Copyright retained by the artist

Copyright

All content including images, text documents, audio, video, and interactive media published on the Walker web site (walkerart.org) is for noncommercial, educational and/or personal use only. Any commercial use or republication is strictly prohibited. Copying, redistribution, or exploitation for personal or corporate gain is not permitted.

To obtain permission, or for information on slides and reproductions, please contact Loren Smith, Assistant Registrar at 612.375.7673 or rights.reproductions@walkerart.org.

Title
Justine/Juliette
Date
1988
Dimensions
2.125 × 9.25 × 12.5 inches
Materials
cotton shirt, plastic buttons, cardboard box, staples, plastic and cardboard collar stay, straight pins, tissue paper, thread
Location
Not on view

Object Details

Type
Mixed Media (Multiples)
Accession Number
1994.148.1-.5
Style
Conceptual
Edition
5/40
Inscriptions
In ink box lid front side MR “R. Trockel”; Stamped in ink box lid front “COLLECTION DÉSIR”’; in felt pen M “5/40”; MR “88”. Stamped in ink on shirt collar stay front L (upside down) and R (right side up) “COLLECTION DÉSIR” ; stamped in ink inner collar “1055 39 13”
Physical Description
N.A.
Printer
N.A.
Credit Line
Gift of Richard Flood, 1994

object label Rosemarie Trockel, Justine/Juliette (1988) Walker Art Center, 1999

Rosemarie Trockel is a German artist known mostly for her sculptures and installations that question “women’s work,” sexuality, and culture. Her art makes reference in particular to the human body and to domestic activities–she has produced a series of “paintings” made of knitting, and has created sculptures from materials that include glass, hair, plaster, wood, and found objects. She studied anthropology, sociology, theology, and mathematics with the intention of becoming a teacher and only later trained as a painter.

This piece consists of a store-bought shirt to which Trockel added an embroidered “ink spot” and a tag reading “Justine/Juliette Collection Désir.” The text on the tag carries a double meaning–on one hand it plays with our notions of fashion and brand names, and on the other it alludes to a story about moral chastity. Justine (1791) and Juliette (1797) are the titles of two books by the notorious Marquis de Sade. They recount the fictional tales of two sisters, one seen struggling to maintain her virtue while confessing to being subject to a number of violently sexual acts, and the other exemplified as a content, if corrupt, prostitute. When asked about the ink spot, Trockel responded that it represents “original sin.”

Label text for Rosemarie Trockel, Justine/Juliette (1988), from the exhibition Art in Our Time: 1950 to the Present, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, September 5, 1999 to September 2, 2001.

Copyright 1999 Walker Art Center