(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – On Saturday, August 4, 2012, from 6 to 10 p.m., there will be an opening reception for KAITLYN 5X5, The Girl with the Crescent Moons Tattoo, an exhibition of works by five East Coast photographers all featuring nude model Kaitlyn at the Brill Gallery in the Eclipse Mill (Studio 109, 243 Union St.). There will be a gallery talk about the exhibition at 8:30 p.m.
For the second time in three years, gallery director Ralph Brill, has created a NUDE & NAKED exhibit, honoring the human form, a tradition that began on prehistoric cave walls and has continued through the ages from Pompeii, to the Renaissance and Japanese Shunga Art, Degas, Marilyn Monroe and favored pop artists like Mel Ramos. This year, Brill invited five leading photographers who specialize in female nudes to work with one model over the past twelve months. Each photographer (one female, four male) selected five photographs to feature in the exhibition, Kaitlyn 5×5.
The photographers included in this exhibition are Donna Feldman Lasky, Dave Foss, Dmitri Belyi, Jason Tamvakis and Steve Azzara. A sixth photographer, Dave Gordon, who is an expert on Eadweard Muybridge, has created a view of KAITLYN in action.
Brill explains the purpose of the exhibit is “to offer an intimate viewing experience of a core creative expression. The human nude is clearly a touchstone for primitive and learned feelings that cross cultural and historic bounds. Female Nudes have been found on prehistoric cave walls in Southern France. There are also the 2,000-year-old erotic frescoes on the walls in Pompeii, the Indian erotic paintings of the 1600s and the Japanese Shunga Art of the late 1800s. This year there are more than a dozen nude photography and painting exhibitions – early and contemporary – in the major museums and galleries around the world.”
Brill points out that in 2012, the nude is being featured in exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston & the Musee D’Orsay; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim and Sacramento’s Crocker Art Museum.
The BRILL GALLERY was established in the historic Eclipse Mill in the Northern Berkshires in 2006. Director Ralph Brill was trained as an architect and has worked with a variety of artists for more than 30 years. The gallery represents both well-established and emerging photographers, sculptors and painters.