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Thursday, December 15, 2011

LAL Bares It All With This Year's Presentation of THE NUDE ;-)




The Nude

Adds the 

Body 

and 

Figure

 for

 Deeper

 Meaning

For the past 25 years, LAL’s Nude has grown to be the most anticipated exhibition presented at the Loudoun House. This coming season, however, LAL has shifted the focus from the nude as object to including more metaphorical representations.

Body | Figure | Nude, on display at the Loudoun House gallery January 14 through March 11, 2012, is a group show of 40 national artists, juried by 
Anna Brzyski (Chellgren Endowed Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Studies at University of Kentucky) and Becky Alley (LAL Exhibitions & Programs Director).

Back in 2010, Professor Brzyski answered a few questions for 
LAL’s blog, arbeatlexington.com
When asked what time periods throughout art history were 
significant or transformative in regard to the nude, 
she stated, 
“In terms of the most dynamic and controversial periods, 
I would have to choose either the turn of the century 
or the present. In both instances, the nude was/is used 
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by artists to tackle socially sensitive areas, 
in particular those pertaining to sexuality.”

From Egon Schiele to 
Robert Mapplethorpe, the body has been 
used not only for artistic study,
 but also to convey concepts ranging 
from eroticism to what it means to be human.

The works in Body | Figure | Nude concentrate on the latter.
 The artists move beyond an art practice and into allegorical territory.

Themes and media vary from femininity 
(like that found in the mixed-media installation
 Cosmic Egg by Sondra Schwetman) 
to privacy and identity, 
(evidenced in the digital life-sized Body Scans by Nick Reszetar),
 and to burden and psychology (taken from Evolution I
the graphite drawing by Kirsti Anderssen). 
All works, no matter the media used, employ the body,
 figure or nude as a vehicle for expressing today’s culture
 and the “socially sensitive areas”, as Professor Brzyski stated.

Guests have the opportunity to view the exhibition 
a day before it officially opens at the QX.net
 Opening Preview Party on January 13 from
 6p to 10p, supported by MD Update. 
The evening is a cocktail attire event 
including live jazz with Detour Ahead, 
heavy hors d’oeuvres by Executive Chef Sam Sears, 
CEC AAC of South-Van Events,
 a cash bar with fine spirits and 
beverages and flowers 
by Greg Jordan of Fine Flowers and Events. 
Tickets are $30 for LAL Members and $40 for potential members.

Other scheduled social events are 
Fifth Third Bank 4th Fridays from 6p – 9p on
 January 27 and February 24, with appetizers
 and cash bar by DaRae & Friends Catering 
and live music with DJ Warren Peace (January) 
and Tommy & the Oh’s (February). 

Admission is free for LAL Members and $7 for potential members.

Lastly, as part of the exhibition, LAL 
will offer opportunities to learn and engage 
with the works. A gallery tour with the jurors
 is scheduled for January 24 at 7p, 
and a discussion with exhibition artists
 (including Don Ament, Kevin Gardner,
 Jack Girard, Sharon Lee Hart, 
Hui Chi Lee, and Mary Rezny)
 is scheduled for February 11 at 1p. 
Both are free and open to the public. 
Also, workshops in life painting (led by Dongfeng Li)
 and life drawing (led by Hui Chi Lee) 
are open for registration until January 10, 2012
and are $70 for LAL Members and $85 for potential members.

More information and tickets for the events
 and lectures as well as workshop 
registration and instructor biographies
 can be found on LAL’s website
 www.lexingtonartleague.org
ABOUT THE JURORS:
Anna Brzyski is Chellgren Endowed Associate Professor of Art History 
and Visual Studies at University of Kentucky.
 She teaches courses in the 18th and 19th century art, 
contemporary art theory, and visual studies.
 She has published broadly on a wide range of 
subjects from Polish 19th century art to 
contemporary art and new media. 
Her work has been supported by grants 
from the Whiting, Luce, and IREX foundations 
and she is a recipient of the Fulbright and 
Fulbright-Hays Fellowships. 
She is the editor of Partisan Canons 
(Duke University Press 2007) and 
of three special issues of the journal Centropa.
 Her work has appeared in Art Criticism, Centropa, 
19th Century Art Worldwide, RES, n-Media,
 and a number of anthologies.
Becky Alley, LAL’s Exhibitions & Programs Director,
 earned a BFA in studio art from Washington University,
 and an MFA in studio art from the University of Kansas. 
 Before joining the LAL staff in January 2010,
 Alley was the Director of University Galleries 
at Murray State University.  
She has organized over 100 shows 
and has curated several major projects
 including Think Tank, an international 
show of political art, and Creatures 
Great and Small, a touring exhibition of 
contemporary art featuring animals, 
and most recently an LAL project 
titled Love and Things Like Love. 

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here's a linky link to my past post about LAL's NUDE exhibit from a few years ago:
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ABOUT LAL:The Lexington Art League is Lexington's
 oldest and largest visual arts organization.
 LAL envisions visual art as the lens through 
which central Kentucky will distinguish 
itself as a progressive, inclusive and 
vibrant region. LAL presents original
 and creative programs, with a reputation
 for thought-provoking content, that illuminate
 the role of visual art in contemporary life.
 LAL @ Loudoun House is located at
 209 Castlewood Drive, Lexington, KY 40505. 

To learn more about LAL and 
how LAL presents art that is for everyone,

Gallery Hours: Tues – Fri 10a – 4p and
 Sat – Sun 1p-4p.
 For more information, visit www.lexingtonartleague.org or call 859.254.7024

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