Survey Select - Narrative Art Exhibition

group show curated by Mark Murphy

July 15 - September 5, 2010

Wonder Bread Factory :
1440 Imperial Avenue (14th & Imperial),
San Diego, CA 92101

Museum Hours:
Tueday - Sunday, 10am - 5pm daily


curated by Lanny Powers

February 10th to March 25th 2010
*Exhibition Extended to April 22nd, 2010

Conde Nast Building Lobby Gallery
4 Times Square,
New York, NY 10036

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 length, is a maquette for a permanent installation that is to be printed on aluminum. Chronicles of Beauty, an extension of The Model Project, was commissioned for Eventi, a Kimpton Hotel, opening in Spring 2010.

All art included on this site is © Barbara Nessim 2009