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Review: About a Woman at Nailya Alexander Gallery

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, July 15, 2014
About a Woman

Through July 25, 2014

Nailya Alexander Gallery's summer show, About a Woman, has received attention from the Wall Street Journal and l'Oeil de la Photographie.

The exhibition features work by nearly 20 artists and casts the female figure in an array of roles.  Each of these works could stand alone, and satisfy any craving for drama and intrigue, but together they become a reflection on the captivating nature of a female protagonist.  She appears in works by masters and unknown artists alike.  One early print, circa 1910, by an unknown artist overlays the female profile with the moon.  Our female lead goes onto appear both directly in flesh and as referent.  Cirenaica Moreira gives us the dress-form of a figure with only a dainty outreached arm and delicate hand to represent her.  Other scenes turn equally murky and surreal.  Alexey Titarenko's Untitled (Two Dresses) blurs and shifts becoming unsettling, haunted even, but it harmonizes interestingly with Ann Rhoney's Silk Dress Coming where the woman walking away from us seems to stride with more grounding and self-assurance than she would otherwise appear to have possessed.  A selection of photomontage scenes engage play, invention, the aesthetics of design, and even the female as decorative element. And, since no good summer show with this depth would overlook a little supernatural danger- the female lead in Grete Stern's Dream 28 is frightened by a tortoise-headed monster.

Read the Wall Street Journal Review.

Read l'Oeil de la Photographie Review.

Visit the show online at Nailya Alexander Gallery.

Image Information:  Heather Evans Smith, Junk of the Heart, 2013 
Courtesy of Nailya Alexander Gallery

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