The exhibition is on display at the Italian Cultural center Art Gallery until April 5.
Several members of our life drawing group have been preparing the upcoming exhibition Venus rising, a reinterpretation of the famous painting: The birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli for a few years now, organizing life drawing sessions with our wonderful model Stefanie who looks like the model on the painting.
There are certain works of art that reach such a level of fame that they become an archetypal reference point or even a catalyst for our meditations on the mysteries of human existence. Botticelli’s Birth of Venus (or Venus Rising) c. 1480 is one such painting. In this work the viewer becomes a witness to the birth of Venus. Before us the goddess of beauty materializes from the foam of the sea. There is no moment of evolution or transformation, there is no growth, rather she arrives fully formed; an ideal of perfect feminine beauty and eroticism. In this exhibition 14 artists study and reinterpret this painting. For 15 months these artists have contemplated, examined and recast this monumental artistic achievement. In the process they have reflected deeply on its impact on the history of art, feminism, and popular culture. How has this painting shaped our notions of physical beauty, they ask? Please join us for this contemporary artistic exploration into a painting which continues to captivate.
Exhibiting artists: Michael Brouillet, Maureen Conly
Anna du Bois, David Huggard,
Elizabeth Kozlowski, Julie Pappajohn,
Sandrine Pelissier, Catherine Schechter,
Brian Uhryniuk, Joanne White,