A Survey of the Kiss in 20th-Century Art

Luxembourg & Dayan explores the meaning of the kiss in works by Vito Acconci, Andy Warhol, and others.

New York City gallery Luxembourg & Dayan presents the group exhibition Kiss Off, curated by Francesco Bonami, author and honorary director of Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin, opening mid February through April. The show takes its name from a piece by the late Vito Acconci; the 1971 action lithograph found the artist using his own body as a tool to print lipstick kisses. From the gallery: “A kiss is typically a transfer of touch between two elements; Acconci bends this to encompass an intimacy both solipsistic and serialized. He suggests that kissing might involve more or less than two, and that a kiss is not always an embrace.”

The exhibition rethinks the concept of the kiss in 20th-century artworks, from abstract representations to intimate expressions, by artists including Acconci, Warhol, Elizabeth Peyton, and more. See a preview of the works in Kiss Off in our gallery.

Vito Acconci, Kiss Off, 1971, Lithograph, 30 1⁄8 x 22 3⁄8 in. (76.51 x 56.83 cm.)
© 2017 Vito Acconci / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Courtesy of Anna Leonowens Gallery, NSCAD University Permanent Art Collection, published with permission of Luxembourg & Dayan