January 16 - March 8, 2014
Unveiled similarly offers intimate views, as this group show underscores a multiplicity of responses to the visual arts’ most time-honored and universal subject: the female form. A rare figural painting by David Smith—an Abstract Expressionist sculptor whose steel geometric forms cemented his place in the canon—anchors this group exhibition. Others providing a historical counterpoint to contemporary interpretations of the nude include Gaston Lachaise, John Sloan, and Henri Matisse. Gallery artists Malia Jensen, Stephen Hayes, Joseph Park, Robert Hanson and others will also be featured.
Although Unveiled is replete with nudity, none of the contemporary works merely display flesh for the sole purpose of providing optical pleasure. They instead treat the body as a site for probing broader terrain. Both Hayes and Jensen, for example, deploy corporeality as a vehicle for exploring nature. The sumptuousness of Park’s dazzlingly prismatic figures, on the other hand, stems from his handling of paint rather than his subject matter. Park’s style thus situates the Seattle-based artist in dialogue with the legacy of Smith’s popular sculptures, along with both his and Smith’s debts to Cubism.