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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
September 9 - 30, 2007
Oakland, CA

Esteban Sabar Gallery
presents:
Full Frontal:
A male view of the male figure


Curious Glance
Charcoal, white chalk on tan BFK Rives paper, 30" x 22", 2007
By Fernando Reyes

Six artists have been selected to exhibit work that addresses the nude male figure.

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

Despite the evolution and broadening of male identities in today's rapidly changing cultural environment, the specific image of a naked man remains taboo in our society - especially when it is in public view. For example, the penis of a naked male figure featured in The Ohlone Mural (Oakland, CA) has been vandalized on multiple occasions and is now permanently obscured.

Why do we Americans experience such visceral reactions to the image of a naked man? Are we ready to expand our view of men in general and specifically the male figure? And, what are men's views of all this?

Struck by these questions, curator Carl Wolf has invited six male artists to confront this taboo for an upcoming show at the Esteban Sabar Gallery. FULL FRONTAL: a male view of the male figure will explore America and it's reaction to the male figure, as well as gaze directly at the inner workings, the deeper aspects of the male psyche.

Fernando Reyes will be featuring 11 large drawings which includes 9 new works never shown before.


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