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Unveiled
Nudes:

Robert Hanson
Stephen Hayes
Malia Jensen
Gaston Lachaise
Henri Matisse
Joseph Park
John Sloan
David Smith


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.



Exhibition Images


Robert Hanson
Anonymous
pencil on paper
8.5 x 11 inches

 
 

Robert Hanson
Ruby
pencil on paper
8.5 x 11 inches

 
 

Robert Hanson
Diana IV
graphite on paper
9.5 x 12 inches

 
 
Man_Woman 6
Stephen Hayes
Man/Woman 6
monotype
30 x 22.5 inches

 
 

Stephen Hayes
Untitled (Nude)
monotype
30 x 22.5 inches

 
 

Stephen Hayes
Untitled (Nude)
monotype
30 x 22.5 inches

 
 

Joseph Park
Hallucination C
oil on panel
36 x 24 inches

 
 

Joseph Park
Q
oil on panel
24 x 18 inches

 
 

Joseph Park
Kimberly Reclining
oil on panel
18 x 24 inches

 
 

David Smith
untitled
enamel on canvas
28 x 31 inches

 
 

Gaston Lachaise
Kneeling Nude
pencil on paper
18 x 12 inches

 
 

Henri Matisse
Nu assis les bras étendus
lithograph printed on japon paper
19.25 x 16.25 inches

 
 

 
 

 

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