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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
April 1 - 30, 2008
Online

Visual AIDS and The Body
present:

Red, White and Blue
Curated by Max-Carlos Martinez and Edward Winkleman

Sam Orwen, Lovers, 1982
Edge of the Bed, 1993
Hugh Steers
oil on canvas, 52.5" x 54"

Featuring the artwork of Archive Members Ronald Casanova, Joe DeHoyos, Donna Haggerty, Reynold Hauser, Bryan Hoffman, Nancer LeMoins, Fran Lewis, Marc Lida, Eduardo Mirales, Joe Monroe, Frank Moore, Luna Luis Ortiz, Tara Popick, David Reyes, Daniel Roberts, James Romberger, Rene Santos, Hugh Steers, Ferenc Suto, and TRET.

In the Curatorís Statement:

Given the commotion of the current Presidential campaign season, the cacophony of the highly contentious times in which we live, and the strong range of emotional associations of the three colors that characterize our nation’s patriotic symbols, choosing Red, White & Blue as the theme for our Visual AAIDS Web Gallery seemed an instantly obvious choice as we approached the slide archive. Running with the trilogy concept, we decided to choose work that included

1) Red, White & Blue as subject matter;
2) one or a combination of the colors as a formal device; or
3) one of the colors as a predominant emotional cue or metaphor.

b i o g r a p h y

Edward Winkleman is the Owner/Director of Winkleman Gallery in New York City; he is also the author of an eponymous blog about art, a contributing editor for the international online forum Art World Salon, and the author of various articles for online and print art publications.

Max-Carlos Martinez is the Associate Director at Winkleman Gallery as well as a visual artist. Martinez recently celebrated his third year at Winkleman and is also busy in the studio finishing a series of new paintings.

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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