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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
September 7 - 30, 2007
Oakland, CA

Esteban Sabar Gallery
presents:

Full Frontal: A Male View of the Male Figure
Six artists working in different mediums

Waiting by Fernando Reyes
Charcoal on gray paper 22" x 30"

This show will feature the creations of the following artists working in different mediums:

Kamal Al Mansour (assemblage)
Terry Furry (figurative painting)
Ross Kennedy (sculpture)
Marty McCorkle (painting)
Russ Osterweil (photography)
Fernando Reyes (charcoal drawings)

Since the dismantling of the "old boys club", the cultural evolution in America has made it possible, if not socially acceptable, for men to take on careers their fathers would not have dared to consider. More than ever before, one can see men working as nurses, being stay-at-home dads, and even modeling underwear.

Despite this evolution and the broadening of male identities, the specific image of a nude man remains taboo in our society - especially when that image is in public view. For example, the penis of a nude male figure in "The Ohlone Mural (Oakland, CA) has been vandalized on multiple occasions. And though the graffiti has been removed after each defacing, the penis is now permanently obscured.

Why do we Americans experience such visceral reactions to the nude image of man? And specifically what are men's views of all this?

Struck by these questions, Oakland native Carl Wolf has invited six male artists to express this taboo for the show that he is curating at the Esteban Sabar Gallery. While certain works will explore America and it's reaction to the male figure, others will gaze directly at the inner workings, the deeper aspects of the male psyche.

Esteban Sabar Gallery
Gallery Hours: Monday, Thursday & Friday - 11 AM to 6 PM, Saturday & Sunday - Noon to 6 PM
480 23rd Street (at Telegraph Ave), Oakland, CA 94612  Map 
510.444.7411
Esteban Sabar Gallery Website

Fernando Reyes Website

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NAKED MEN
“I almost never draw a completely naked man. He has to have at least a pair of boots or something on. To me, a fully dressed man is more erotic than a naked one. A naked man is, of course beautiful, but dress him in black leather or a uniform — ah, then he is more than beautiful, then he is sexy!”
— Tom of Finland