Marlene Steele, Freight Elevator
The nude figure has always been a prominent feature of art practice and purpose. Beginning with prehistoric exaggeration of the voluptuous female form (thought to be a veneration of fertility,) the rendering of nudes and their symbolic purpose have evolved throughout art history; the Greco-Roman tradition focused on athletic strength and idealization of form, the Renaissance focused on beauty, and today’s nudes incorporate our various psychological responses to nudity.
At the gallery May 20 – June 12, Cincinnati artists uncover the forever fascinating human body in oil, pastel, watercolor, charcoal, graphite, photography and clay.
Nude figurative work from Tina Gutierrez, Ray Hassard, Carin Hebenstreit, Marlena Hebenstreit, Robert Hebenstreit, Marsha Karagheusian, Setsuko LeCroix, Tom Post and Marlene Steele.