[Francis Naumann]

“THE VISIBLE VAGINA”

 

 FRANCIS M. NAUMANN FINE ART

and DAVID NOLAN GALLERY

 

January 28 – March 20, 2010

Wednesday, January 27, 2010, 6-8 pm at Francis M. Naumann Fine Art
Thursday, January 28, 2010, 6-8 pm at David Nolan Gallery

THE VISIBLE VAGINA is an exhibition jointly organized by Francis M. Naumann and David Nolan.  It is scheduled to open at Francis M. Naumann Fine Art (24 West 57th Street) and at David Nolan Gallery (527 West 29th Street) on January 28, 2010.  Both shows will run concurrently, ending on March 20, 2010.


             As the title of the exhibition suggests, the show is designed to make visible a portion of the female anatomy that is generally considered taboo―too private and intimate for public display.  If shown at all, this part of a woman’s body is usually presented in an abject fashion, generally within the context of pornography, intended, in almost all cases, for the exclusive pleasure of men.  The goal of this exhibition is to remove these prurient connotations, implicit even in works of art, ever since the pudendum was prudishly covered by a fig leaf.  This gesture of false modesty, it should be noted, was devised and enforced entirely by men (not only in the case of classical sculpture, but also in the Bible, in which, immediately after their disobedience in the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve cover their genitalia with fig leaves).  Indeed, until recently, virtually all depictions of the frontal nude female figure were made by men, but as this exhibition will demonstrate, that has changed dramatically in recent years.


            The catalogue for THE VISIBLE VAGINA will trace this motif in art history from prehistoric to modern times.  It includes an introduction by the exhibition organizers, as well as a highly informative and provocative essay by Anna C. Chave, Professor of Contemporary Art and Theory at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.  Inspiration for both the show and its catalogue came from Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, a stage play that premiered off-Broadway in 1996, and was followed by various productions throughout the world (it appeared as a book in 1998).  Ensler gave voice to countless women worldwide, honoring the complexity and mystery of their sexuality, basically encouraging them to consider their vaginas as powerful and expressive components of their physical selves, something not to be ashamed of, but to be proudly protected as an assertive and positive manifestation of their being.  The idea for this show came from realizing that there was no better group to give vision to this goal than artists, many of whom had already incorporated imagery of the vagina in their works.  Because of Ensler’s pioneering work in this field, the catalogue is dedicated to her, and proceeds from its sale shall be donated to V-Day, the organization she founded to end violence against women and girls throughout the world.

            The following is a list of the artists whose work will be included in the exhibition (as well as a number whose work is only reproduced in the catalogue): Magdalena Abakanowicz, Ghada Amer, Beth B, Judie Bamber, Tracey Baran, Nancy Becker, Hans Bellmer, Mike Bidlo, Louise Bourgeois, Robert Brinker, Judy Chicago, Carol Cole, Maureen Connor, Gustave Courbet, Tee Corinne, John Currin, Sarah Davis, James Dee, Jay Defeo, Jim Dine, Leo Dohman, Marcel Duchamp, Carroll Dunham, Tracy Emin, India Evans, John Evans, Valie Export, Robert Forman, Neil Gall, Kathleen Gilje, Guerrilla Girls, Nancy Grossman, Barbara Hammer, Jane Hammond, Mona Hatoum, Stanley William Hayter, Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, David Humphrey, Paul Joostens, Pamela Joseph, Mel Kendrick, Elisabeth Kley, Jeff Koons, Mark Kostabi, Shigeko Kubota, Zoe Leonard, Sherrie Levine, Lee Lozano, Henri Maccheroni, Chema Madoz, Réné Magritte, Gerard Malanga, Man Ray, Robert Mapplethorpe, Marcel Mariën, André Masson, Sophie Matisse, Ana Mendieta, Allyson Mitchell, Cathy de Monchaux, Vik Muniz, Wangechi Mutu, Gladys Nilsson, Yoko Ono, Pablo Picasso, Chloe Piene, Richard Prince, Daniel Ranalli, Oona Ratcliffe, Niki de Saint-Phalle, Katia Santibanez, Peter Saul, Naomi Savage, Egon Schiele, Carolee Schneemann, Mira Schor, Michelle Segre, Tom Shannon, Cindy Sherman, James Siena, Laurie Simmons, Kiki Smith, Julie Speed, Nancy Spero, Betty Tompkins, Kiyoshi Tsuchiya, John Tweddle, Tabitha Vevers, Douglas Vogel, Robert Watts, Hannah Wilke, Terry Winters, Beatrice Wood.

PANEL DISCUSSION:  David Nolan Gallery will host a panel discussion on the exhibition with the featured artists on Saturday, January 30 from 2-4 pm at 527 West 29th Street.  

Installation Images
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Check List

Magdalena Abakanowicz

Cercle Clair, 1971
Woven jute, 59 x 59 x 8 ½ inches

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Beth B.

Untitled, 1997
2 Black and white photographs, 13 x 12 inches

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Tracey Baran

Run, 2005
C-print, 40 x 30 inches
Edition:  3/5, unframed

1

Nancy Becker

Female 3,4,5, and 7, 1992
Cardboard covered with glue with 5 coats of acrylic varnish

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Hans Bellmer

Untitled
Study for Georges Bataille’s “L’Histoire de l’œil”
[“The Story of the Eye”], 1946
Gelatin silver prints, 2 1/8 x 2 1/8 inches 

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Mike Bidlo

Origins of the World (Courbet/Klein), 2007
Acrylic on paper, 14 x 17 inches

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Robert Brinker

Vase #2, 2009
Cut paper, 9 ¾ x 6 inches

 

 

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Robert Brinker

Chalice #1, 2009
Cut paper, 9 ¼ x 6 ¼ inches

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Robert Brinker

Chalice #2, 2009
Cut paper, 9 ¼ x 6 ¼ inches

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Robert Brinker

Vase #3, 2009
Cut paper, 15 ¼ x 8 3/8 inches

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Carol Cole

Back into the Womb, 1997
Satin, lace, velour, rubber foam, acrylic paint,
play tent, pacifiers, nipples, 48 x 48 x 48 inches

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D. James Dee

Julie 05-538, 2005 (printed 2009)
Gelatin silver selenium toned print, 24 x 20 inches

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D. James Dee

Bella Vendetta 09_358, 2009 
Gelatin silver selenium toned print, 20 x 24 inches

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Marcel Duchamp

Bîite-Alerte: Missives Lascives, 1959
Aprons signed and dated by Duchamp

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India Evans

You Are the Epitome of Secrets, 2008
Mixed media collage on paper, 9 x 4 inches

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John Evans

September 15, 2008, 2008
Mixed Media, 8 ½ x 10 inches

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Robert Forman

Pussy, 2009
Thread glued on board, 24 x 24 inches

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Kathleen Gilje

White Stockings, 2009
Oil on canvas, 47 x 33 ¼ inches

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Guerrilla Girls

The Guerrilla Girls’ Hysterical Herstory of Hysteria and How it Was Cured, from Ancient times Until Now: Dr. Feelgood, 2009
Inkjet print, 18 x 12 inches

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Nancy Grossman

Bride, 1966
Mixed media assemblage, 22 ½ inches in diameter

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Jane Hammond

October First (Mom’s Birthday), 2005
Selenium toned silver gelatin print, 14 x 11 inches

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Jane Hammond

Little Country Doctor, 2006
Selenium toned silver gelatin print, 11 x 14 inches

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Paul Joostens

Les Mollusques, 1925
Complete set of 6 original lithographs, each 15 5/8 x 16 ½ inches

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Pamela Joseph

O’Keefe Grayline, 2007
Oil with collage on linen, 45 x 33 inches

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Elisabeth Kley

VV1,  2009
Ink on paper, 11 ¾ x 8 ¼

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Elisabeth Kley

VV2,  2009
Ink on paper, 11 ¾ x 8 ¼

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Mark Kostabi

I Never Forget a Face, 2009
Oil on canvas, 31 ½ x 39 3/8 inches

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Sherrie Levine

After Courbet: 1-18, 2009
18 postcards on mat board, each 20 x 16 inches

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Henri Maccheroni

Untitled, 1970
Gelatin silver prints, each 9 ½ x 6 ¾ inches

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Chema Madoz

Dreaming of Images, n.d.
Gelatin silver print, 23 5/8 x 19 5/8 inches

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Gerard Malanga

A Glacial Rest, 1983
Print, 16 x 20 inches

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Man Ray

Female Abstraction, 1941
Pen and ink on paper, 12 x 10 ¾ inches

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Man Ray

The Bicycle, 1950
Watercolor, pen and india ink over pencil on paper
30 1/3 x 40 1/3 cm

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Robert Mapplethorpe

Lisa Lyon, 1982
Gelatin silver print, 20 x 16 inches

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Marcel Mariën

Untitled, n.d.
Ink on paper with cutout, 10 ½ x 14 ½ inches

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André Masson

L’Origine du Monde, n.d.
Lithograph on paper, 50/60, 11 ½ x 15 ½ inches

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Sophie Matisse

Origin of the World, 2003
Velvet, oil on paper, laid down on canvas, 18 x 23 ½ inches

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Ana Mendieta

Untitled, n.d.
Black marker on paper, 19 x 13 ¼ inches

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Ana Mendieta

Untitled, 1984
Pencil on paper, 11 5/8 x 8 ¼ inches

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Ana Mendieta

Untitled, ca. 1980-84
Black pen on tracing paper, 9 x 12 inches

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Wangechi Mutu

Spread Lily II, 2007
Ink, paint, mixed media, plant materials,
and plastic pearls on X-ray paper, 17 x 14 inches

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Tom Wesselmann

Study for Helen, 1966
Liquitex on paper, 18 x 25 ½ inches

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Yoko Ono

My Mommy is Beautiful, 1997
Inkjet print on canvas, 39 3/8 x 39 3/8 inches

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Pablo Picasso

Jeune Courtisane avec un Gentilhomme,
un Sculpteur, et un Viellard alléché, 1968
Etching printed on Auvergne Richard de Bas
laid paper, 4 7/8 x 3 ½ inches

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Pablo Picasso

La Célestine, sa Protégée, et un jeune Gentilhomme, 1968
Sugarlift aquatint printed on Auvergne Richard de Bas
laid paper, 3 ½ x 4 7/8 inches

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Pablo Picasso

Homme à la Pipe et à la Canne et Jeune Femme nue, 1971
Sugarlift aquatint and drypoint with scraper printed on
Auvergne Richard de Bas laid paper, 3 ½ x 4 ¾ inches

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Richard Prince

Lynn Valley, 2006
C-print on Kodak matte, 10 ½ x 7 ¾ inches

 

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Daniel Ranalli

Light Opening #2,  1982  
Split toned photogram (gelatin silver print), 20 x 16 inches

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Naomi Savage

Elle, 2000
Gelatin silver print, 9 7/8 x 12 ¾ inches

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Carolee Schneemann

Vulva’s Morphia, 1995
Total wall installation 5 x 8 feet; each panel 8 ½ x 11 inches
Text 58 x 2 inches.

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Tom Shannon

Red Plus, 2009
Acrylic on canvas, 30 x 22 inches

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James Siena

Place, second version, 2009
Ink on paper, 8 x 6 ¼ inches

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Betty Tompkins

Cunt Grid #12, 2009
Acrylic on canvas, 54 x 42 inches

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Kiyoshi Tsuchiya

Nude on Floor, 2007
Terra cotta, 13 x 8 ½ x 5 inches

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Tabitha Vevers

When We Talk About Rape IV, 2009
Oil & gold leaf on Mylar, 10 7/8 x 14 7/8 inches

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Douglas Vogel

Three Graces, 2009
Blonde, Brunette and Redhead Hair Pies, 1969
3 ink jet prints framed, 19 ½ x 38 inches

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Robert Watts

Girl with Mole That Lights Up, 1965
Black & white photograph, wood, electric light and switch
7 x 9 ½ x 3 1/8 inches

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Hannah Wilke

Untitled, 1970’s
Group of 5 one-fold ceramic sculptures, dimensions vary

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Beatrice Wood

Un peut d’eau dans du savon, 1917 (1977 replica)
Glazed earthenware and soap, 11 ¾ x 9 7/8 inches

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