A Current Past, is a collage by the internationally renowned artist Barbara Nessim, which merges classical forms with elements of modern desires. It is the central piece from the series Chronicles of Beauty. The artist uses bare, unadorned Greco-Roman busts as androgynous
archetypes and embellishes them with contemporary accoutrements, accessories and expressions of sensuality. Scatterings of precious gems, riches, and shelter, in the form of architectural details, float across a backdrop of marble cloth. In areas the veneer is broken, as though excavated to reveal hidden traces of the underlying passage of time. The masks are interchangeable, and yet the figures retain their immortal, immutable qualities, imbued as they
are with the timelessness of human yearnings. This work of art, 28 ft in height and 12 feet in width, is a maquette for a permanent installation that is now printed on aluminum and is permanently installed at Eventi, a Kimpton Hotel, 851 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY,
Chronicles of Beauty is an extension of The Model Project (www.modelproject.net). The Model
Project was exhibited at Sienna Gallery in Lenox MA in September 2009 and at the DFN Gallery
in NYC in November 2009.