Stereotypes of female sexuality and eroticism are under the spotlight in a new exhibition at Beowulf Galleries at 23 Queen Street, Woollahra. Seductress: The Work Of Women opens on 3 July, with artists including Penelope Benton and Christie Torrington presenting works that investigate everything from sex and romance to the beauty myth. In a similar vein, two of the artists in this year’s Primavera exhibition (to be held at the Museum Of Contemporary Art from 16 October) overtly address stereotypes of female sexuality. Starlie Geikie’s video works employ schlock horror and Gothic tropes to explore the female victim persona, while Arlene Textaqueen reclaims nudity as a powerful individualised state through her recreations of Playboy girlie paintings of the 1950s and 60s.

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