Bathurst Regional Art Gallery’s (BRAG) major exhibition The Unflinching Gaze: photo media & the male figure opens this Saturday, 14 October with a day of celebrations including: a Forum from 10am to 4pm; an Official Opening from 6pm to 8pm; and a post-opening LGBTQI-friendly community celebration Walk on the Wilde Side at the Carrington in Keppel Street from 8pm to 1am.
The forum will include both Australian and international artists, writers and collectors including Clare Barlow from the Tate Britain in London, Polish curator and academic Pawel Leskowicz, Brandan Wallace from the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay & Lesbian Art in New York and Bill Zewadski, a collector of male nude photography and a philanthropist from Tampa Florida.
A PDF of the Forum program is attached.
The Hon. Don Harwin, MLC, NSW Minister for the Arts will open the exhibition on Saturday October 14 at 6pm.
Following the opening BRAG in conjunction with WAGALS (Western Area Gay & Lesbian Society) and the Carrington Function and Reception Centre will present Walk on the Wilde Side a post-opening LGBTIQ-friendly party at the Carrington (99 Keppel Street) from 8 pm to 1 am. The party will feature Bathurst’s very-own drag stars Venom Vipers performing Pussy Cat Dolls and Lady Gaga and a Sydney based DJ spinning all your favourite “gay” hits…think Priscilla.
The Unflinching Gaze: photo media & the male figure exhibition includes two hundred photos and videos by 62 leading artists (24 Australian and 38 international) will be exhibited at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery (BRAG) from Saturday 14 October until Sunday 3 December 2017.
Curated by BRAG Director Richard Perram OAM, an openly gay man, The Unflinching Gaze: photo media & the male figuresurveys how the male figure has been depicted by Australian and international artists in photo media over the last 140 years. It includes historic and contemporary fine art photography and film, fashion photography, pop videos and homoerotic art. Images range from the beautiful to the banal to the confounding.
Key artists in the exhibition include iconic American artists Robert Mapplethorpe, Andy Warhol, and avant-garde theatre director Robert Wilson with a video portrait of Brad Pitt; European artists such as Eadweard Muybridge, and Baron Wilhelm Von Gloeden; and historic and contemporary Australian artists including Beaufoy Merlin and Charles Bayliss, Max Dupain, Deborah Kelly, William Yang, Gary Carsley, Owen Leong and Liam Benson. Works have been sourced from Australian and international collections, including a major loan of 64 works from the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay & Lesbian Art, New York.
“The Unflinching Gaze exhibition is a unique opportunity for audiences in the Bathurst Region to access a world class photo-media exhibition”, says Richard Perram OAM. “The Unflinching Gaze not only deals with aesthetic concerns but also engages the community in a discussion around social issues”.