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Modern Art Monday Presents: Hannah Wilke, Venus Pareve

Hannah Wilke Venus Pareve 
All Photos By Gail

Hannah Wilke (1940 – 1993) was a leading artist of the feminist art movement that began in the 1970s. Her primary subject was her own body, explored in sculptures, drawings, photographs, and performance as part of a larger investigation of femininity and sexuality.  Venus Pareve (1982 – 84) comprises twenty-five sculptural self-portraits, hand-modeled and then cast in plaster of Paris or edible kosher chocolate.

Hannah Wilke Venus Pareve 

Wilke often presents herself in the role Venus, the Roman goddess of Love, sex and fertility. These figures, like many celebrated classical sculptures of the goddess, lack arms and legs — their beauty is without agency; they are helpless objects of desire.

Hannah Wilke Venus Pareve 

The title, too, mimics the names of famous Greek and Roman states: Venus de Milo, Venus Pudica, Venus Genetrix. Pareve, however, is a Hebrew term from Jewish dietary law, signifying food that contains neither dairy nor meat and that therefore may be eaten without restriction. Venus Pareve critiques the perception of woman’s bodies as objects of consumption.

Hannah Wilke Venus Pareve 
The Painting on the wall in the background is Double Portrait (Gay Flag) by Ross Bleckner.

Photographed in The Jewish Museum in NYC.

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Friedrich Kunath: The Temptation To Exist (May Contain Nuts)

I Was Thinking About What a Friend Had Said, I Was hoping it Was a Lie
I Was Thinking About What a Friend Had Said, I Was Hoping it Was a Lie By Friedrich Kunath (All Photos By Gail, Click on Any Image to Enlarge for Detail)

There’s a lot going on to both look at and think about in The Temptation To Exist (May Contain Nuts)Friedrich Kunath’s fourth solo exhibit now up at the Andrea Rosen Gallery – in that the exhibit is made up of three distinct series of works.

Meloncholy Towers
Meloncholy Towers

In the foyer of the gallery and continuing in the large main space you can see a series of Cat Habitats, adorned with watermelon wedges and other fresh fruits in various states of consumption, all entitled Meloncholy Tower. Melon, Tower, that has to be some kind of a pun, right? And do cats even eat watermelon? Discuss.

Meloncholy Tower 4
Detail from Meloncholy Tower #4
The Inside Of The Outside Of A Dream (Kangaroo)
The Inside Of The Outside Of A Dream (Kangaroo) and Detail, Below

The Inside Of The Outside Of A Dream (Kangaroo)

Elsewhere, Kunath presents a series of emotionally evocative paintings that are what I’d call “Dreamscapes” — juxtaposing bucolic landscape images with a dreamlike scene overlapping or placed within the larger picture, creating a “Daydream Versus Reality” vibe.

I Dreamed It Was A Dream That You Were Gone
I Dreamed It Was A Dream That You Were Gone

I am not usually a sentimental person when it comes to relationships, but this one killed me.

I Was Thinking About What a Friend Had Said, I Was hoping it Was a Lie
I Was Thinking About What a Friend Had Said, I Was hoping it Was a Lie (Skull)

Spreading across the rear wall of the main gallery and continuing into the next room is a multi-panel Rainbow Flag-style series of paintings where each canvas features one small object (ranging from a frog to a candle or a single daisy). This series is entitled I Was Thinking About What a Friend Had Said, I Was Hoping it Was a Lie, which is a lyric from Neil Young’s profoundly melancholy (Meloncholy) song, “After the Goldrush.” So, there’s that.

The Temptation To Exist (May Contain Nuts) by Friedrich Kunath will be on Exhibit through April 26th, 2014 at Andrea Rosen Gallery, Located at 525 West 24th Street in the Chelsea Gallery District.