Batman 2

Copied Mark Newport, Batman 2, 2005, acrylic and buttons, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Richard T. Evans Fund, 2010.20, © 2005, Mark Newport

Artwork Details

Title
Batman 2
Artist
Date
2005
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
76266 in. (193.066.015.2 cm)
Copyright
© 2005, Mark Newport
Credit Line
Museum purchase through the Richard T. Evans Fund
Mediums Description
acrylic and buttons
Classifications
Keywords
  • Cartoon — comics — Batman
Object Number
2010.20

Artwork Description

The sagging form of Mark Newport's Batman 2 is a far cry from Hollywood's contemporary depiction of the hero. Newport's use of knitting, a technique traditionally associated with women's work, is representative of a growing number of male artists challenging gender stereotypes through the fiber medium. The costume's ridiculous proportions and limp posture undermine the character's hyper-masculine associations and expose the insecurities these unrealistic ideals perpetuate, even as they suggest the possibility of a more vulnerable male role model.

Connections: Contemporary Craft at the Renwick Gallery, 2019