Batman 2

  • 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

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

Title
Batman 2
Artist
Date
2005
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
76266 in. (193.066.015.2 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase through the Richard T. Evans Fund

Mediums Description
acrylic and buttons
Classifications
Keywords
  • Cartoon – comics – Batman
Object Number
2010.20
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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