Janine Antoni

Tender Buttons, 1994

Two gold brooches of the artist’s nipples in velvet box

6 1/4 x 3 1/8 x 7/8 inches (15.88 x 7.9 x 2.2 cm)

Published by Anders Tornberg, Lund


Tender Buttons consists of two 18-carat gold brooches, cast from the artists’ nipples. Antoni writes, “I think of the piece as a kind of self portrait. By making them into brooches for others to wear they become a prop for a performative action, allowing others to adorn themselves with my presence.”