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NEXT WOMEN: Gallery Opening Tomorrow! Featuring Works by Louise Nevelson

September 15, 2010

Opening Thursday, September 16, the Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery presents its latest exhibit: “Next Women.” This will be an all-female show featuring the international in-house talent of Damla Tokcan Faro, Dina Pizzarello, Marija Pavlovska, Elena Kalman, and visiting artist, Marina Shrady. The exhibition will also feature four, rare 1966 serigraphs by renowned sculptor Louise Nevelson.

By positioning these six artists together, “Next Women” examines how women are forging new paths in an aesthetic landscape by exploring the contention between traditional ideals of femininity and the androgyny of today’s contemporary art.

The Gallery is thrilled to have the opportunity to include Nevelson’s work in their show as she embodies this duality of the female artist. Her elaborate wood sculptures and tenacious personality are perfect examples of the “new woman” emerging at the turn of the 20th-century. Eschewing traditional family roles for the role of an artist, she pioneered the medium of “found object” art, creating pieces that Andrea K. Scott of the New York Times describes as “evok[ing] dualities of flesh and bone, public and private, frontality and depth” (“A Life Made Out of Wood, Metal and Determination,” May 9, 2007). However, at the same time, Nevelson exuded an elegance only palpable in the female form. With eyes framed in mink fringe and hair wrapped in silk scarves, she accentuated her femininity by physical means. Throughout her career, Nevelson epitomized the sort of strength, mystery, and controversy that surrounds most female artists. The serigraphs on show at the Gallery are screen-prints of her work published through the Pace Gallery and being sold in partnership with the Sandra Neustadter Gallery of New York and Florida.

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