March 5, 2010

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Rafael Esquer

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Chronicles of Beauty and The Model Project

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Today, we are happy to present 2 projects by artist Barbara Nessim. The Model Project is the culmination of a two-year-long project, this work engages and draws in the viewer through Nessim’s distinctive avant-garde style. Opulent jewels, bold colors, and classic beauty come together in these collages to make permanent …

Today, we are happy to present 2 projects by artist Barbara Nessim.

The Model Project is the culmination of a two-year-long project, this work engages and draws in the viewer through Nessim’s distinctive avant-garde style. Opulent jewels, bold colors, and classic beauty come together in these collages to make permanent an ethereal moment.

Chronicles of Beauty is currently showing at the Conde Nast Building at 4 Times Square, New York until March 25, 2010

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A Current Past (below) is a collage by the internationally renowned artist, 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 accouterments, 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.

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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 images ©Barbara Nessim

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