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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
April 1 - 30, 2007
Online

Visual AIDS and The Body
present:

On the Stage
Curated by Tomoko Ashikawa
Sam Orwen, Lovers, 1982
"Absent Body: The Photographic Stain II," 2002
Richard Sawdon Smith
C -type print, 20" x 30"

In the Curatorís Statement:

Each artist in this web gallery has a different approach in his performance work, but all use their body most effectively to represent how the human body is an essential medium for the artist... They are all conscious about the fact that the human body is beautiful and strong, yet sensitive and fragile.

b i o g r a p h y

Tomoko Ashikawa is currently the curator/director at AG Gallery, Brooklyn and the Artists File Coordinator at Artists Space, NY. She graduated from New York University in Studio Arts, concentrating on Performance Art and Video Installation. While in school, she started an independent curatorial project called "expace[ex-space] projects" and organized several exhibitions and events in New York, including Artists Space, Knitting Factory, hpgrp Gallery, PH Gallery, Transplant Gallery and many others.

She recently coordinated a traveling book fair, Japanese Young Artists Book Fair, at Kinokuniya, Printed Matter, St. Marks Bookshop and Spoonbill & Sugartown Booksellers. www.mokospace.com.

Every month, Visual AIDS invites guest curators, drawn from both the arts and AIDS communities, to select several works from the Frank Moore Archive Project.

Founded in 1988 by arts professionals as a response to the effects of AIDS on the arts community and as a way of organizing artists, arts institutions, and arts audiences towards direct action, Visual AIDS has evolved into an arts organization with a two-pronged mission: 1) Through the Frank Moore Archive Project, the largest slide library of work by artists living with HIV and the estates of artists who have died of AIDS, Visual AIDS historicizes the contributions of visual artists with HIV while supporting their ability to continue making art and furthering their professional careers, 2) In collaboration with museums, galleries, artists, schools, and AIDS service organizations, Visual AIDS produces exhibitions, publications, and events utilizing visual art to spread the message “AIDS IS NOT OVER.”

The Body is now the most frequently visited HIV/AIDS-related site on the Web, according to the Medical Library Association and also the most frequently visited disease-specific site on the Web, according to Hot 100. The Body contains a rich collection of information on topics ranging from HIV prevention, state-of-the-art treatment issues, humor and art. An invaluable resource, The Body is used by clinicians, patients and the general public. Part of The Body's mission is to enable artistic expression to reach the Web, and to join art with other resources needed to help the public comprehend the enormity and devastation of the AIDS pandemic and to experience its human and spiritual dimensions.

Visual AIDS 
526 W. 26th St. # 510, New York, NY 10001
Phone: 212.627.9855  Fax: 212.627.9815
e-mail: info@visualAIDS.org

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THE LOUVRE
“I know my little ‘dirty drawings’ are never going to hang in the main salons of the Louvre, but it would be nice if — I would like to say ‘when,’ but I better say ‘if’ — our world learns to accept all the different ways of loving. Then maybe I could have a place in one of the smaller side rooms.” (1991)
— Tom of Finland