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The latest addition to the Lower East Side's emerging gallery scene i s the Collette Blanchard Gallery on 26 Clinton Street. The Collette Blancha rd Gallery is opening its doors on October 16th with it's inaugural exhibit ion Belle du Jour\, the collaborative effort of Blanchard and independent c urator\, Chrissy Crawford.

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Belle du Jour brings together some of th e art world's most relevant and contemporary female artists\, each impartin g on a unique approach to the female figure. Presenting painting\, sculptur e\, works on paper\, photography and video\; there is a diversity of medium s as well as perspectives. Belle de Jour includes works by Asgar/Gabriel\, Sarah Baley\, Jane Benson\, Libby Black\, iona rozeal brown\, Zoe Charlton\ , E.V. Day\, Langdon Graves\, Julie Heffernan\, Tracey Langfitt\, Maria Por ges\, Mickalene Thomas\, Cynthia Rowley\, Laurie Simmons\, Shinique Smith a nd Cindy Wright.

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The group exploration transports the viewer across a wide continuum. The mummified Barbie Dolls of E.V. Day\, which reference both embalmed Egyptian queens and captive Islamic women barely visible in their burkas\, compliment the lush\, self-portraits of historical set paint ings of Julie Heffernan. The sexual identity photographs of Sarah Baley sha re a forum with the graphite drawings of Maria Porges. In their totality\, all the exhibiting artists stake their claim to redefining the vocabulary o f the female figure imagery.

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Curator Chrissy Crawford opened her ow n art advisory while in London working directly with private clients. Her b usiness moved to New York in 2006 with a focus on independent curating. Aft er fifteen years in the art world\, Blanchard has opened her own establishm ent to focus on her specific vision. She will be exhibiting and representin g artists reflecting that cutting-edge point of view. Located in the burgeo ning gallery district on the Lower East Side\, the space will be within the sphere of the recently relocated New Museum.

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DTEND:20081111 DTSTAMP:20141031T150841 DTSTART:20081016 GEO:40.720448;-73.984122 LOCATION:Collette Blanchard Gallery\,26 Clinton Street \nNew York\, NY 1000 2 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Belle du Jour\, Asgar/Gabriel\, Sarah Baley\, Jane Benson\, Libby B lack\, Zoe Charlton\, E.V. Day\, Langdon Graves\, Julie Heffernan\, Tracey Langfitt\, Maria Porges\, Cynthia Rowley\, Iona Rozeal Brown\, Laurie Simmo ns\, Shinique Smith\, Mickalene Thomas\, Cindy Wright. UID:119201 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR