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"Naked: The Naked Body in Contemporary Video, Photography, and Preformance"
2001-09-07 until 2001-10-20
Wood Street Gallery
USA United States of America
PITTSBURGH (August 16, 2001) ... The natural beauty of the human form is one of the foundations of art and architecture across time and borders. To open its 2001/2002 season, Wood Street Galleries presents NAKED–THE NAKED BODY IN CONTEMPORARY VIDEO, PHOTOGRAPY AND PREFORMANCE, September 7 – October 20, 2001. The opening reception will be Friday, September 7 from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. and is free to the public. Wood Street Galleries is a project of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
Naked features the work of Tina Barney, Anton Corbijn, Zhang Huan, Ma Liuming, Jaan Toomik, Spencer Tunick, Bruce Weber and Manabu Yamanaka. Wood Street Galleries will also present a lecture with Eleanor Heartney, Contributing Editor of Art, Art in America magazine, on Saturday, September 8 at 1:00 p.m.; and The Body in Context, an exhibit seminar on Saturday, October 20 at 3:00 p.m. The lecture and seminar are free.
In Naked Truth, the exhibition essay written by Ms. Heartney, she writes, “Nothing is more natural, it seems fair to assert, than the unclothed human body. We come naked into the world. However, once thrust into the social world, nakedness becomes a mark of sloth, anti-social behavior and lasciviousness.”
She continues, “The artists here all employ the unclothed human body as a central motif in their work. At the same time, they largely divorce it from associations with sex, eroticism and desire. In this, they ally themselves with the concept of the naked, rather than the nude. Coming from a broad range of geographic and ethnic backgrounds, they remind us that the unclothed human body carries specific, and often very different cultural meanings, depending on the context in which it appears.”