After posting an image of her work Fuck Painting #1 (1969), which belongs to the Pompidou Centre’s collection in Paris, American artist Betty Tompkins had her Instagram account deleted.
A renowned feminist who chose to depict sexual acts in the photorealist style (largely inspired by her husband’s porn magazines), the artist was initially marginalised from the art world which celebrates her now, years down the line in her career.
Fuck Painting #1, Betty Tompkins, © Philippe Migeat - Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI /Dist. RMN-GP © Betty Tompkins
Her gallerist, Rodolphe Janssen, is trying to repeal the removal, denouncing the censorship: “If you think that nobody should be censored for showing her own art works and if you believe in freedom, please report: GO TO A SETTING/HELP/REPORT A PROBLEM and ask to reinstate @bettytompkinsart and complain about censorship of art on IG. Betty has been fighting against censorship since the end of the 60s”.
Offline, Tompkins’ work will be on show at Art Basel in June at P.P.O.W.’s booth.