The Female Nude
October 9, 1999 to January 9, 2000
Joyce Wieland (1931-1998) was one of several young Toronto artists who explored images of the female nude in response to the sexual revolution of the 1960s. Wieland's nude self-portraits of the late 1950s and 1960s parody the classical icons of feminine beauty preserved by Western academic tradition. This modern woman artist depicts herself as the humorous subject of her own artistic gaze, telling a personal story about new attitudes to sexuality and gender. Wieland became known as an outspoken feminist in Canadian art.