What does it mean for a work of art to be beautiful in 2019? That question was posed to the artists who applied for this exhibit. The theme is challenging--in part because the contemporary art world has dubbed beauty a dirty word. Dave Hickey tried to rescue it from the onslaught of art criticism with his collection of essays in The Invisible Dragon in the '90s. The three artists Park, Ross, and Kim took up Gallery 114's invitation to challenge that critical taboo, and they reassert in their own ways the place of beauty in art. These artists presented individual work based in a powerful and moving quality embedded in a strong aesthetic, a key criterion in their selection.
Special Event--Panel Discussion
Saturday, April 13, at 6:10 pm
In conjunction with the exhibit, the gallery will have a panel discussion,"Beauty in Contemporary Art," on April 13th. Panelists Mark Andres, Daniel Peabody, Amy Bay, Tamara English, and Kendra Larson will discuss how beauty has been marginalized and will present different perspectives on its necessity and complexity.