New Studio 3 exhibition: ‘The Female Nude: Ways of Seeing’

Students from the History of Art have put together a new exhibition ‘The Female Nude: Ways of Seeing’, which offers a challenging appraisal of the female nude, and will open Studio 3 Gallery this week, on 10 May 2019.

‘The Female Nude: Ways of Seeing’ will focus on the representation of the female nude throughout art history, rethinking how the nude reinforces gender stereotypes. The exhibition will raise questions of contemporary debate such as feminism, body image and identity.

The exhibition will run throughout the month until 26 May 2019, from Monday until Friday 10am to 5pm. It will display work from Honoré Daumier, Jim Dine, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Guerilla Girls, Marilene Oliver, Julian Opie, Pablo Picasso, John Piper, and Ellen von Wiegand.

Co-author and curator of ‘The Female Nude: Ways of Seeing’, Carola D’Ambrosio said: ‘The exhibition will stand as a visual statement of the progression taking place within the world of art but also as reflective of wider cultural attitudes. Movements such as  #MeToo and Time’s Up have spread widely in the last year, and there is a constant attention reserved for the narrative of the female body which is not yet fully explored in the medium of print. In highlighting these outlooks we aim to rethink the female nude and encourage viewers to experience the subject from a range of different perspectives.’

‘The Female Nude: Ways of Seeing’ will be the eighth exhibition to run as part of the School of Art’s award-winning module ‘Print Collecting and Curating’, organised solely by undergraduate students. It will also exhibit works from the Kent Print Collection, established in 2005.

As part of the exhibition, the gallery will host a series of events including talk by Polish artist Iwona Abrams on 16 May, and a further talk British art historian and writer Frances Borzello on 23 May. There will be session on Mindfulness, to aid concentration and relaxation surrounded by art, on 17 May, as well as two life workshops held on 20 May and 24 May.

The exhibition has already come to the attention of the press, featuring in Print Quarterly magazine.

For more details about the Studio 3 Gallery, please see the page here:
https://blogs.kent.ac.uk/studio3gallery/