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Madona Desnuda | Recent Works on
paper by Pamela Joseph
The artist's first one-person show in Spain
Batik Art, Galeria Sala Barna
San Eusebio, 57 | 08006 Barcelona - Spain
34 93 414 5655
October 22 - November 10, 2004
Opening reception Friday, October 22, 7-9 p.m.
Watercolor on paper
15 x 11 inches
La Madona Desnuda (The Naked Madonna), an exhibition
of new works on paper by American artist Pamela Joseph,
opens at the Galeria Sala Barna in Barcelona on Friday,
October 22, from 7-10 pm. The exhibit runs through November
10. This is the artist’s first show in Spain.
For this premier venue, the exhibition includes works on
paper that celebrate and explore the myth of the Virgin
as a contemporary woman. Joseph has had a long-time fascination
with the Madonna as the ideal of feminine perfection, but
perceives this as a difficult concept to reconcile in today’s
These images were partly influenced by the artist’s
past two winter residencies as a Visiting Artist at the
American Academy in Rome. Joseph was intrigued by the easy
cultural acceptance of the juxtaposition of the sacred and
profane. The contradictions that she expresses in this series
about modern women were also intensified by the sensuality
she admired in the works of the old masters.
Pamela Joseph’s work has been exhibited widely throughout
the U.S.A., and in Europe. In the spring of 2004 she had
a show of recent work, Cherchez La Femme, at the
Hervé Lourdel Gallery in Paris. She has also exhibited
in Berlin, Copenhagen, and Beijing and Shenyang, China where
her prints were included in Open Source, a traveling
exhibition of digital media arts.
Her traveling, multi-media carnival, The Sideshow of
the Absurd, debuted at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary
Art (USA) in 2001 and has since traveled to six additional
venues. The installation will be at Georgetown University
in Washington, D.C. in January 2005. The most recent installation
was at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Florida
where The Sideshow attracted the largest crowds
in the history of the museum space. Picked as a "favorite"
exhibition by art writers in New York, Florida, New Mexico,
Colorado and the Midwest, The Sideshow has been
lauded as "funky," "freaky," and "fascinating”.
Even in south Florida, the land of amusement parks, The
Sideshow was tagged as easily the most bizarre show
to hit the area in a long time. (Broward-Palm Beach
Currently, her heroine, Pussy Marshmallow, is featured in
a series of comic book covers, traveling in the show Comic
Release: Negotiating Identity for a New Generation.
Joseph's work has been described as "well-executed,
powerful, and edgy" by The Colorado Council on the
Arts, who awarded her a Fellowship in 2001.
Joseph is also part of the collaborative, WKRPinc, an acronym
for the artists involved, Kurosh ValaNejad, Robert Brinker,
and Pamela Joseph. Their installation of wallpaper and paintings
is featured in the 2004 Aspen Art Museum Biennial and at
the David Floria Gallery in Aspen, CO.