BODY BEAUTIFUL EXHIBIT OPENED WITH 50 ARTISTS ON VIEW AT THE UNTITLED SPACE IN TRIBECA

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The Untitled Space‘s latest group show, “Body Beautiful” featuring works by 50 contemporary artists celebrating body positivity, opened to crowds in Tribeca on November 21st. The opening night began with an artists reception at 4pm, with the main reception from 6-9pm. Many of the 50 contemporary artists on display were present, including several who flew in for the opening. The paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, textiles and video art works celebrating body positivity will be on view through December 14th. The body-positive movement, which dates back to early Victorian reforms against the corset, 1960s initiatives against fat-shaming, and more recently via social media with influencers challenging unrealistic standards of beauty, is “rooted in the belief that all human beings should have a positive body image, while challenging the ways in which society presents and views the physical body.”

Stated curator Indira Cesarine in her statement on the exhibition, “Since the emergence of social media and online activism, the body positive movement has become increasingly relevant to the contemporary dialogue of diversity and inclusion. With the emergence of body activists of the last decade addressing the negative repercussions of fat shaming, including depression, eating disorders and body dysmorphia, we have seen a dramatic shift in consciousness with fatphobia slowly going by the wayside, along with the unhealthy societal demands for bodily perfection.

We now live in an era where body acceptance has finally become not only an important subject, but is taken seriously as central to the human experience

With beauty standards continuously transforming, what was once previously not accepted as “beautiful” has expanded into the current “body positive” narrative. But what does “body positive” really mean? Is it merely an emphasis on “fat acceptance” or is it truly as inclusive as the word suggest and the movement intends? The BODY BEAUTIFUL exhibition addresses this shift in our cultural experience, engaging viewers with artworks by a wide array of artists, who address what the “Body Positive” movement means to them in 2019. As a curator I felt it was important to include works by artists of all genders and generations, as well as represent all body types in this narrative. To me “Body Positive” should be inclusive of all shapes and sizes, skin colors, perfections and imperfections – including “skinny” bodies, plus size figures, pregnant bodies, bodies with stretch marks, scarring, winkles, aging – and yes, beautiful bodies size 0 to size XXXXL”

Exhibiting artists include: Abe Abraham, Alex Janero, Allie Fuller, Allie Wilkinson, Allison Hill-Edgar, Anna Cone, Anna Sampson, Anne Barlinckhoff, Annika Connor, Brittany Maldonado, Buket Savci, Camilla Marie Dahl, Cavanagh Foyle, Dafna Steinberg, Danielle Siegelbaum, Dolly Faibyshev, Dominique Vitali, Elisa Garcia de la Huerta, Elisa Valenti, Ellen Stagg, Elsa Keefe, Fahren Feingold, Grace Graupe-Pillard, Haley Morris-Cafiero, Hiba Schahbaz, Indira Cesarine, Ismael Guerrier, Judy Polstra, Katy Itter, Kaya Deckelbaum, Lauren Rinaldi, Lindsey Guile, Lisa Levy, Louis Marinaro, Lynn Bianchi, Mairi-Luise Tabbakh, Marcelo Daldoce, Meegan Barnes, Natasha Wright, Nichole Washington, Reisha Perlmutter, Sarah Weber, Sarah Maple, Savannah Spirit, Sebastian Perinotti, Shaina Craft, Shamona Stokes, Shohei Kondo, Tina Maria Elena, and Victoria Selbach.

The Untitled Space is honored to raise funds for Art4Equality through this exhibition, an initiative that supports the creation of empowering gender equality themed exhibitions and public art.

Photography by Mikhail Torich for The Untitled Magazine, with additional images courtesy of The Untitled Space.

 

 

 
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