Street sweatshirt by Mira Dancy, sold for $ 3,528 at the Phillips New Now New York auction on September 28, 2021 in New York City. A talented emerging American artist, Dancy takes a feminist approach to her work by focusing on the female nude. Rest assured, however, her nudes are nothing like the static images of female bodies (mostly painted by men) that appear throughout art history. Instead, Dancy’s is a dynamic, fluid modern take and not “realistic at all,” as she once put it in a 2016 interview with Vogue.
In addition to her plexiglass and acrylic paintings in fluorescent colors, Dancy dabbled in, among other mediums, installations and neon light sculptures. According to Cultivated magazine, Dancy’s inspiration for her silhouettes ranges from Jacques-Louis David to the photograph of a woman protesting against a cast of Kanye West models. Her work sometimes incorporates calligraphic text, and the Egyptian goddess, Isis, which happens to be her daughter’s name, also figures prominently.
Dancy’s creations have been featured in exhibitions around the world, including the hip MoMA PS1 museum in Queens, NY and the famous Art Basel art fair in Miami. But as the authors of our articles on the International Practices Committee report will tell you, it can be difficult to navigate foreign rules and practices, whether you’re preparing for an art exhibition or dealing with reporting bank accounts. In preparation for a public exhibition in Shanghai, China a few years ago, Dancy had to adapt his work to meet Chinese government approval, as nudity in art is taboo in the country.