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February 12 - March 26, 2011

CAA Panel Discussion
The Feminist Breast: Women, Nudity and Portraiture
Saturday February 12, 2011
12:30 - 2:00 pm

Artists Reception
Saturday February 12, 2011
2:00 - 4:30 pm

Gallery hours: Noon - 5:00 pm
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224 48 Street (between 2nd & 3rd Avenues)
Brooklyn, NY 11220
718. 833-9100


Tabla Rasa Gallery is pleased announce a groundbreaking exhibition of artwork by Clarity Haynes, "Radical Acceptance," and to host a 2011 College Art Association Conference Special Event, an artists' reception and panel  discussion, “The Feminist Breast: Women, Nudity and Portraiture.”

This event is free and open to the public.

Thirty five original contemporary paintings and works on paper will be on  display, ranging in scale from the monumental to the miniature.  Gallerist Audrey Anastasi says, "Ms. Haynes is a prolific artist, with  remarkable skill and an exceptional talent for rendering human flesh and form. This series epitomizes both the tenderness and power of her vision."

There will be panel discussion, “The Feminist Breast: Women, Nudity and  Portraiture”, from 12:30 pm until 2:00 pm, followed by an opening reception from 2:00 pm until 4:30 pm.

Panelists include Brandon Brame Fortune, Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the National Portrait Gallery; artist Kathleen Gilje; art historian Diane  Radycki, Director of the Payne Gallery and Associate Professor at Moravian College; Patricia Cronin, artist and Associate Professor at Brooklyn College; artist Clarity Haynes, and models from the exhibition, Wilhelmina Obatola Grant and Robin Burdulis. Moderated by Beth Gersh-Nesic, Director of the New York Arts Exchange.

An exhibition catalogue will be available with an essay by Beth Gersh-Nesic and an introduction by Brandon Brame Fortune, and 15% of the proceeds from catalogue sales will benefit Gilda’s Club NYC, an organization  "where no one has to face cancer alone."

The author of the exhibition’s catalogue essay describes the project:

“Clarity Haynes began the Breast Portrait Project in 1998 with her own nude  self-portrait. She found the experience transformative and decided to  offer this opportunity to other women. Since then she has sought out and found enthusiastic participants at women’s festivals, fairs and similar events. Each sitter enters Haynes booth to pose, record her thoughts in a book (often handwritten there and then), and consent to having a  photograph taken of her nude torso alongside the finished portrait....To date, Haynes has completed over 500 breast portraits...As each breast  portrait contributes to the whole and the whole grows in number, the  artistic effect intensifies. And changes. A full wall of portraits  transforms the individual identities into a collective narrative about  the human condition: its diversity, its vulnerability, its challenges to survive.”
 -- Beth Gersh-Nesic, The New York Arts Exchange

“Clarity Haynes’ Breast Portrait Project allows women to see themselves as strong individuals, empowered through the process of art making. There is a history of women painting the nude, and Haynes’ work fits into and  expands that history”
 -- curator Brandon Brame Fortune, The National  Portrait Gallery

Clarity Haynes states:”Historically, the painted portrait signifies privilege, beauty, and social power. I choose to portray real women”s bodies, which are often invisible in this culture. The time and attention to detail inherent in the portrait process make the intrinsic statement that this body is beautiful and worthy.”

This exhibition is supported in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc.



Clarity Haynes (work in progress) for 300dpi click

Clarity Haynes, untitled, charcoal on paper - for 300dpi click

About Clarity Haynes

Clarity Haynes holds an MFA in painting from Brooklyn College and a Certificate in Fine Arts from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Her work has been exhibited at diverse venues including the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, the Allentown Art Museum, the ‘temporary Museum in Brooklyn, NY, and Artist’s House gallery in Philadelphia. Awards include the William Emlin Cresson Traveling Scholarship from the Pennsylvania  Academy of the Fine Arts, the Charles Shaw Award for Excellence in  Painting from Brooklyn College, the Leeway Foundation Window of  Opportunity Grant, and the Brooklyn Arts Council Regrant Award. She has been a Visiting Artist at the New York Academy of Art, Maryland  University, and the College of William and Mary, and currently teaches  drawing and painting at Adelphi University and Brooklyn College.

Visit www.bportraitproject.org and www.clarityhaynes.com for more information.

Directions to Tabla Rasa Gallery: Take the N or D express train to 36th
street in Brooklyn, then take the R for one more stop to 45th Street.
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Free round-trip shuttle transportation is available from the College
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About Tabla Rasa Gallery

Tabla Rasa Gallery is located in the burgeoning art destination of Sunset  Park, Brooklyn. The outlier gallery is known for their consistently stunning exhibitions. Within the 4000 square foot turn of the century  carriage house, the gallery exhibits primary and secondary market  artwork by emerging, mid-career, and established artists, in all media, including painting, sculpture, installation, drawing, print media, digital, film and video.

The gallery is located two "D" or "N" express subway stops from Manhattan  to 36th Street Station, plus one "R" stop to 45th Street (or a just few short "R" stops beyond Park Slope).

Tabla Rasa Gallery 224 48th Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11220
Sunset Park ARts Community ( SPArC )
718 833,9100   fax 718.833.9118


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