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Opening Friday: The Nude -- Classical, Cultural, Contemporary

Jo Whaley, Birth of Venus
The Nude — Classical, Cultural, Contemporary

Opening Reception on Friday, February 15, 2013, 5-7pm.
Exhibition runs through April 20th, 2013.
photo-eye Gallery is located at 376-A Garcia Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Bear Kirkpatrick, All The Links Rattled At Once, 2010
photo-eye Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of The Nude – Classical, Cultural, Contemporary. This group exhibition includes work from a wide variety of photographers all depicting the nude, using the human form as a unique means of expression. The photographs included in this exhibition range from classical studies, to the exploration of cultural and contemporary themes; some are playful and some investigate more existential realms, while others manage to combine multiple elements. We hope you will join us at the opening reception to celebrate this truly diverse line-up of artists all exploring themes of The Nude.

The depiction of the human form is arguably among the earliest subjects of representation and has evolved over thousands of years of art history. Over that time, the human body has been used as a vehicle to examine a wide range of subjects, from concepts of fertility and the divine, to mathematical ratios, to social and cultural ideals. It is a practice that artists continue to engage with and explore to this day; the nude endures as an ideal subject for expressions of beauty, allegory, emotion and humanity.
Joey L., Photograph of Rufo, 2008
This exhibition explores the nude in photographic depictions through its many dimensions, including work from fifteen unique photographers. Evan Baden explores contemporary culture and technology in relation to the human body, Neil Craver captures his nudes in otherworldly surroundings and Bear Kirkpatrick's figures seem to inhabit a dark and sacred place, while Imogen Cunningham’s images are iconic expressions of a classical interest in the human form in photography. Chris Enos explores the relationship between the body and domestic life during the 60s and 70s, Joey L. photographs Ethiopian tribal members in traditional dress, Patti Levey explores the nude in relationship to landscape while Zoë Zimmerman's photographs seem to illustrate modern-day fables. Keith Carter inserts a nude figure into a dream-like fantasy world, Karin Rosenthal's photographs depict the human body in near abstraction while Laurie Tümer and Jo Whaley each present the nude as the central figures in interpretive realities. Peter Ogilvie, Carla van de Puttelaar and Jock Sturges all photograph the nude with an interest in classical depictions, yet do so with such divergent results as to demonstrate the power of the form.

View the online portfolios of The Nude – Classical, Cultural, Contemporary.

The Santa Fe Reporter has listed The Nude exhibition opening as one of fourteen things to do on Valentine's Day in Santa Fe. Read the article here.

For more information please contact Anne Kelly at 505-988-5158 ext. 121 or