Beauty Debate — First Annual TheDetroiter.com Invitational Show & Panel Discussion
What is beauty? Do we care? In contemporary art, beauty is a controversial topic of discussion: Is beauty too sentimental? Does contemporary art ignore beauty? Can artificial concepts of physical beauty trap women? Is masculinity and beauty mutually exclusive?
For its First Annual Invitational Show titled Beauty Debate, TheDetroiter.com invites 18 established and emerging artists from New York, Michigan, Illinois, and California to explore concepts of beauty in contemporary art. These artists will create a dialogue about beauty that will challenge and delight viewers.
The show features rising stars, such as Man Bartlett (New York), who has been featured in Art in America, ARTnews, and LA Weekly, among other publications. The show also features established artists like Tim White-Sobieski (Berlin/New York), who is a critically acclaimed international multimedia artist whose work has shown at the Prague Biennale, the Lyon Biennale, and the Bucharest Biennale. And there will be a selection of local favorites that are also rising stars, such as Topher Crowder and Brian Barr. (A complete list of participating artists is below.)
Prior to the show, TheDetroiter.com will moderate a panel discussion with some of the artists and some art critics at The Boll Family YMCA theatre on February 29, 2012 (beginning at 7 p.m). Among others, panelists include Tate Osten, Director of Kunsthalle-Detroit Museum; Vince Carducci, art critic and Assistant Dean and Interim Chair of Fine Arts at College for Creative Studies; Travis Wright, reporter for WDET, cultural editor for Metro Times; Hrag Vartanian, co-founder and editor of Hyperallergic.com (one of the most influential art blogs); and Stephen Maine, artist, writer, and curator (he is the art book editor for art critic David Cohen’s artcritical.com). (A complete list of participating panalists is below.)
The show opens March 3 at Art Effect Gallery in the Eastern Market area of Detroit, Michigan, and it runs through April 21. The show opens at 8 p.m., but there will be a special charity preview at 6:30 p.m. where Morada Blue Swimwear will conduct a fashion show with a sneak peak of its upcoming collection (staring at 7:30). The suggested donation for the charity preview will be $25, and a portion of these funds and funds from the sale of select pieces of art will go towards establishing a writing fellowship for TheDetroiter.com through the YMCA’s Y-Arts program.
For more information, contact the Editor-in-Chief of TheDetroiter.com Colin Thomas Darke at 313-393-7585 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Colin Darke, artist, curator, writer, Editor-in-Chief TheDetroiter.com
Tate Osten, Director of Kunsthalle-Detroit Museum
Rebecca Hart, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Detroit Institute of Art
Vince Carducci, art critic and Assistant Dean and Interim Chair of Fine Arts at College for Creative Studies
Travis Wright, reporter for WDET, cultural editor for Metro Times
Michael Hodges, cultural editor for Detroit News, and photographer
Rishi Jaitly, Program Director, Detroit John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Stephen Maine, artist, curator, writer, teacher (via Skype from New York)
Kianga Ellis, Owner Kianga Ellis Projects (via Skype from New York)
Hrag Vartanian, co-founder and editor of Hyperallergic.com (via Skype from New York)
Robin Grearson, writer, curator, teacher (via Skype from New York)