Opening: SKIN TRADE
SKIN TRADE
an in-depth look at the surface of things

June 27th – July 27th, 2013
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 27, 6-8pm

Curated by Martha Wilson and Larry List



Liu Bolin • Nancy Burson • COLORS Magazine • Adele Crawford • Nancy Davidson • Margi Geerlinks • Kathy Grove • Heide Hatry • Lynn Hershman • Stephen Irwin • Elana Katz • Suzy Lake • Robert Mapplethorpe • Katy Martin • Beverly McIver • Ana Mendieta • Marilyn Minter • Lorraine O’Grady • ORLAN • Hunter Reynolds • Bonnie Rychlak • Alison Saar • Joan Semmel • Jeanne Silverthorne • Betty Tompkins • Robin Williams • Martha Wilson •Veruschka Lehndorff & Holger Trülzsch • Dolores Zorreguieta • Barbara Zucker

P.P.O.W is pleased to present Skin Trade, an exhibition curated by Martha Wilson and Larry List that explores the use skin as a subject or metaphor in art. The exhibition encompasses thirty-one artists of varying generations, with works that span from Joan Semmel’s Intimacy – Autonomy and Ana Mendieta’s Sweating Blood, 1974 to the work of Elana Katz, Color Me Clear and Robin Williams, The Artist as Future Self, 2011.

In slang, the term “skin trade” refers to “any or all aspects of the burlesque, exotic dance, pornography or prostitution industries.” However, when taken in parts, “skin – trade” can imply many types of exchanges - often intimate and almost always dealing with beauty, identity, mortality, or eros. Grouped according to these four designations and displayed throughout the gallery, the works of Skin Trade speak to the creative potential behind this surface of initial contact. Through photography, sculpture, paint, and video, the included artists address the potential impact of skin; what it means when focus is drawn to this meeting place between a person and the rest of the world.
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