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Excess and Extraness: Talking Subversive Humor and Macho Bodies with Ana Benaroya

"What are you looking at!" the Amazonian powerhouse women in Ana Benaroya's paintings seem to shout at you. And it's not a question, but a statement. These musclewomen brook no nonsense. They're fierce and self-assured and dominate the picture space and beyond. Their bodies bulge grotesquely, refuse to be contained, defined, orderly and “sexy”. Theirs is a sensuality on their own terms; a splat in the face of the male gaze….

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