“THE Noticeable VAGINA”
FRANCIS M. NAUMANN Fine Art
and DAVID NOLAN GALLERY
January 28 – March 20, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010, six-8 pm at Francis M. Naumann Fine Art
Thursday, January 28, 2010, six-8 pm at David Nolan Gallery
THE Noticeable VAGINA is an exhibition jointly organized by Francis M. Naumann and David Nolan. It is scheduled to open at Francis M. Naumann Fine Art (24 West 57th Road) and at David Nolan Gallery (527 West 29th Road) on January 28, 2010. Both of those displays will run concurrently, ending on March 20, 2010.
As the title of the exhibition suggests, the demonstrate is created to make seen a part of the woman anatomy that is normally regarded as taboo―too personal and personal for general public screen. If demonstrated at all, this element of a woman’s system is ordinarily introduced in an abject manner, normally in just the context of pornography, intended, in nearly all cases, for the special enjoyment of males. The objective of this exhibition is to get rid of these prurient connotations, implicit even in will work of art, at any time considering the fact that the pudendum was prudishly included by a fig leaf. This gesture of false modesty, it must be pointed out, was devised and enforced solely by males (not only in the case of classical sculpture, but also in the Bible, in which, right away soon after their disobedience in the Back garden of Eden, Adam and Eve address their genitalia with fig leaves). Certainly, till a short while ago, virtually all depictions of the frontal nude woman determine were produced by males, but as this exhibition will show, that has altered considerably in the latest several years.
The catalogue for THE Noticeable VAGINA will trace this motif in art background from prehistoric to modern day situations. It consists of an introduction by the exhibition organizers, as nicely as a highly useful and provocative essay by Anna C. Chave, Professor of Contemporary Art and Principle at the Graduate Center of the Metropolis University of New York. Inspiration for both the demonstrate and its catalogue arrived from Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, a stage perform that premiered off-Broadway in 1996, and was adopted by a variety of productions throughout the earth (it appeared as a e book in 1998). Ensler gave voice to innumerable women worldwide, honoring the complexity and secret of their sexuality, basically encouraging them to take into account their vaginas as highly effective and expressive elements of their actual physical selves, something not to be ashamed of, but to be proudly guarded as an assertive and positive manifestation of their becoming. The thought for this demonstrate arrived from recognizing that there was no far better team to give eyesight to this objective than artists, a lot of of whom had presently included imagery of the vagina in their will work. Because of Ensler’s groundbreaking perform in this industry, the catalogue is devoted to her, and proceeds from its sale shall be donated to V-Day, the corporation she started to end violence against women and ladies throughout the earth.
The next is a record of the artists whose perform will be integrated in the exhibition (as nicely as a variety whose perform is only reproduced in the catalogue): Magdalena Abakanowicz, Ghada Amer, Beth B, Judie Bamber, Tracey Baran, Nancy Becker, Hans Bellmer, Mike Bidlo, Louise Bourgeois, Robert Brinker, Judy Chicago, Carol Cole, Maureen Connor, Gustave Courbet, Tee Corinne, John Currin, Sarah Davis, James Dee, Jay Defeo, Jim Dine, Leo Dohman, Marcel Duchamp, Carroll Dunham, Tracy Emin, India Evans, John Evans, Valie Export, Robert Forman, Neil Gall, Kathleen Gilje, Guerrilla Women, Nancy Grossman, Barbara Hammer, Jane Hammond, Mona Hatoum, Stanley William Hayter, Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, David Humphrey, Paul Joostens, Pamela Joseph, Mel Kendrick, Elisabeth Kley, Jeff Koons, Mark Kostabi, Shigeko Kubota, Zoe Leonard, Sherrie Levine, Lee Lozano, Henri Maccheroni, Chema Madoz, Réné Magritte, Gerard Malanga, Person Ray, Robert Mapplethorpe, Marcel Mariën, André Masson, Sophie Matisse, Ana Mendieta, Allyson Mitchell, Cathy de Monchaux, Vik Muniz, Wangechi Mutu, Gladys Nilsson, Yoko Ono, Pablo Picasso, Chloe Piene, Richard Prince, Daniel Ranalli, Oona Ratcliffe, Niki de Saint-Phalle, Katia Santibanez, Peter Saul, Naomi Savage, Egon Schiele, Carolee Schneemann, Mira Schor, Michelle Segre, Tom Shannon, Cindy Sherman, James Siena, Laurie Simmons, Kiki Smith, Julie Speed, Nancy Spero, Betty Tompkins, Kiyoshi Tsuchiya, John Tweddle, Tabitha Vevers, Douglas Vogel, Robert Watts, Hannah Wilke, Terry Winters, Beatrice Wood.
PANEL Dialogue: David Nolan Gallery will host a panel dialogue on the exhibition with the highlighted artists on Saturday, January 30 from two-four pm at 527 West 29th Road.
FRANCIS M. NAUMANN Fine Art
24 West 57th Road, Suite 305
New York, NY, 10019
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