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Semmes Brings Feminist Responsibility to the ADAA Art Show

Beverly Semmes, Antenna, 2019, Ink, acrylic over photograph printed on canvas, 82 1/2 x 50 in.

Beverly Semmes, Antenna, 2019, Ink, acrylic over photograph printed on canvas, 82 1/2 x 50 in.

Beverly Semmes, Poodle, 2019, Ink, acrylic over photograph printed on canvas, 81 3/4 x 50 in.

Beverly Semmes, Poodle, 2019, Ink, acrylic over photograph printed on canvas, 81 3/4 x 50 in.

Beverly Semmes, Blue Moon, 2020, Ink, acrylic over photograph printed on canvas, 65 3/4 x 40 in.

Beverly Semmes, Blue Moon, 2020, Ink, acrylic over photograph printed on canvas, 65 3/4 x 40 in.

Beverly Semmes, Wheels, 2019, Ink, acrylic over photograph printed on canvas, 65 1/2 x 50 in.

Beverly Semmes, Wheels, 2019, Ink, acrylic over photograph printed on canvas, 65 1/2 x 50 in.

Beverly Semmes, Orange Hand Pitcher, 2019, Ink, acrylic over photograph printed on canvas, 64 1/2 x 50 in.

Beverly Semmes, Orange Hand Pitcher, 2019, Ink, acrylic over photograph printed on canvas, 64 1/2 x 50 in.

Beverly Semmes, Cartoon from Pinky, 2019

Beverly Semmes, Cartoon from Pinky, 2019

Beverly Semmes, Cartoon from Pinky, 2019

Beverly Semmes, Cartoon from Pinky, 2019

Beverly Semmes, Cartoon from Pinky, 2019

Beverly Semmes, Cartoon from Pinky, 2019

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01 March 2020

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To complement our current exhibition, Beverly Semmes: “Red,” the Gallery’s Booth D-18 this year at the ADAA Art Show will feature works by Semmes from her Feminist Responsibility Project (FRP). Developing the project in grand scale, the artist enlarges select images from Nineties porn, masking the naked body behind lush brushstrokes. Both teasing and concealing flesh, she leaves exposed select bits meant to entice. A gathering of feet in Antenna leads the mind to wonder what might lie behind the paint. Swirled paint in Blue Moon hints at the model’s curves hidden beneath brushstrokes. Semmes blurs the divide between a protective urge to conceal these women from view and our voyeuristic desire to see more.

On Sunday 1 March, the artist Beverly Semmes reveals her new publication titled “Pinky." Semmes will join us in Booth D-18 from 12-3 PM to sign copies of her zine. "Pinky" presents erotic cartoon prints modified by ink and paint. Delicate pink penis people replace nude and rude comix from vintage gentlemen’s magazines. The pinkys lounge, interact with each other, trick or treat, and appear to be happily incarcerated. Abstracted and reanimated with made-up faces, full lips and luscious lashes, the pinkys are decidedly feminine. “Pinky” is tucked into a fluorescent green fishnet stocking pocket— and kept confidential in a discreet plain brown wrapper. Drop by our booth to pick up a copy of "Pinky" to call your own! “Pinky” is FREE to all visitors— while supplies last!

Join the fun in Booth D-18 at the ADAA Art Show from 27 February - 1 March at the Park Avenue Armory (Park Avenue at East 67th Street), open Thursday-Friday from 12-8 PM, Saturday from 12-7 PM, and Sunday from 12-6 PM. Learn more about the fair by visiting the ADAA website. See you there!