Resorting to the daily distribution system of mass media,' Detumescence' is a newspaper ad — a short text written in clinical language — in which Dan Graham states that he wanted to hire someone capable of describing what happens to a man’s body and psyche in the post-coital experience. This description of the emotional and physiological aspects following a man’s sexual climax evokes eroticism and sensory experience to address a subject that, according to the artist, was repressed in the specialist literature of the period. In his words, the work sought to expose this ‘suppression, this psychosexual-social conditioning of behaviour’.


  • Title: Detumescence
  • Creator: Graham, Dan
  • Date Created: 1967
  • Physical Location: Fundação de Serralves, Porto, Portugal
  • Physical Dimensions: 67cm x 71.5cm
  • Provenance: Col. Fundação de Serralves – Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto. Doação do artista em 2012
  • Medium: Collage, digital print, typescript and handwritten text on paper

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