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CLASSIC & FEROCIOUS OWNERSHIP—When D. S. Wade of the First Street Gallery in Chelsea completes the selection of the January 2009 N*des-of-the-Month, it becomes clear that the calendar speaks to two themes: personality and complexity. First, Deb looks for the artists to represent each individual figure’s unique humanity—as subject, not as object. Second, she relishes and delights in the development of layers of ambiguity, by which the artists take the timeless genre of the nude and redefine it. The works she selects represent explorations (she calls some delicate, others ferocious). The figures hide and reveal both form and meaning.
Her choices are resonant of classical figures adapting to the 21st century—twisting, often raw, powerful, but strongly composed, in demeanor as well as in space. She agonizes over the choices—only 31 works can be chosen. At the end she says, “once people catch on, [barebrush] will be phenomenal....”The 31 artworks represented in January, 2009, in day order are by: 1* Guenter Knop, 2 Jacqui Morgan, 3 Judith Araujo-Volkmann, 4* Emily Stedman, 5 Randy Thurman, 6 Sylvia Cheung, 7 Emilia Fitz, 8* Susan (SZN) Kraft, 9 Donald Kolberg, 10 BEN RIVIERE-NAZARENO, 11 John Luce Lockett, 12 Rene Hinds, 13 Christopher Smith, 14 Kathy Ostman-Magnusen , 15* William Thierfelder, 16 Will Maller, 17 Francien Krieg, 18 Mollie Kellogg, 19 Peter Matthews, 20 Charles Schindler, 21 Joyce DiBona, 22 Leon Nicholas Kalas, 23 Angelique Moselle Price, 24* David Michael Hollander, 25 Donelli J. DiMaria, 26 Dan McCormack, 27 Donna Cleary, 28 Jean Marcellino, 29 Haydee Torres, 30 Jennie Rosenbaum, 31 Name Withdrawn.
*Curators' Choice nominee. Nominees for the N*de-of-the-Month were selected by the guest curator as Curator's Choice. All barebrush curators have an opportunity to rank the Curator's Choice in their own special poll. Winners determined by a statistical combination of the curators and popular votes.