NUDE in Chicago
Curated by Frank Paluch, Perimeter Gallery and Leslie Ferrin, Ferrin Gallery
NUDE in Chicago is a curated group exhibition of ceramic sculpture, photography, and drawing from 30 established and emerging artists who challenge the "canon". By interpreting the historic use of nude figural imagery in sculptures and paintings, each contemporary artist demonstrates burgeoning mastery of their chosen medium, skillfully conveying 'art history reversals' and 're-contextualization' of stereotypical imagery. Resulting works explore contemporary perspectives on male and female gender roles, the role of the nude in beauty, seduction, apparition, aberration, perfection, amusement, entertainment, fantasy and commodity.
History of the Exhibition
NUDE in Chicago revisits a theme from Perimeter Gallery where Karen Johnson Boyd curated the group survey exhibitions NUDE in Clay in 1995 and 1998. The 2010 NUDE in Chicago survey, curated by Leslie Ferrin of Ferrin Gallery and Frank Paluch of Perimeter Gallery, includes works by many of the NUDE in Clay ceramic sculptors, and provides an opportunity for a new group of young sculptors to address the theme. This show also expands the survey to include works on paper and photography from gallery artists as well as 2D works produced by the sculptors.