Marina Abramovic

Star (from the portfolio ‘Dear Stieglitz’)

About this artwork

This photograph relates to a performance called ‘Lips of Thomas’ from 1973, in which the artist tested her physical endurance. In the manner of offering herself as a ritual sacrifice, Abramović ate a kilogram of honey, drank a litre of red wine, and cut a five-pointed star into her stomach with a razor blade. She then whipped herself until she could no longer feel any pain and finally lay on a cross made of ice. The photograph is from a portfolio called ‘Dear Stieglitz,’ named in homage to Alfred Stieglitz, the photographer and gallery owner who published the art-photography journal ‘Camera Work’ in the early Twentieth century. The portfolio features the work of artists whose photography ‘shows an obvious, personal and also very outspoken attitude towards their surroundings.’

  • title:
    Star (from the portfolio ‘Dear Stieglitz’)
  • accession number:
    GMA 4191 A
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  • materials:
    Colour photographic print
  • date created:
    1994
  • measurements:
    40.00 x 40.00 cm
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1997
  • copyright:
    © Marina Abramovic. Courtesy of Marina Abramovic and Sean Kelly Gallery, New York. DACS 2018.

Marina Abramovic

Marina Abramovic