By LENNIE BENNETT
© St. Petersburg Times
published November 28, 2002
Unveiling the postmodern nude
[Courtesy Brad Cooper Gallery ]
Yvonne Petcus, Residual, 2001, oil on canvas.
It seems like figurative art is suddenly everywhere. One of the most intriguing examples in the Tampa Bay area is an exhibition at Brad Cooper Gallery, "Nude in the Postmodern."
The juried show features work by 30 national and international artists working in painting, drawing, prints and photography, chosen by Chicago-based Corey Postiglione, an art history professor at Columbia College Chicago and an independent writer and curator.
Postiglione's thoughtful curatorial statement gives viewers a historical perspective of the nude in art and reminds us that many of the works now considered so beautiful or important as to be beyond criticism or censorship were controversial in their day.
"Nude in the Postmodern" at Brad Cooper Gallery, 1712 E Seventh Ave. in Ybor City, runs through Jan. 4. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and by appointment. The public is invited to an artists' reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. (813) 248-6098.
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