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Beauty Contest – Gallery exhibition featuring work by 20 int ernationally acclaimed and emerging
artists who critically reflect on contemporary global society’s obsession and fascination with physical appea rance.

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Beauty Contest deals with one of the most trivial everyday e xperiences: the daily encounter with human beauty and its social constructi on. A perennial anthropologic subject dating back to the writings of ancien t Greek philosophers the exhibition will present critical viewpoints of som e of the most antiquated notions of universal beauty. Evidence from the sex ual revolution and feminism\, as well as the gay\, lesbian and transgender movements have eroded clear definitions of who and what is beautiful– and w ho and what is not. Through their artworks the artists examine the emancipa tion of hidden structures of repression toward gender\, race\, and age.

The artworks\, which include videos\, paintings\, sculptures\, inst allations\, and performance art\, are drawn from the self-examination\, sel f-perception\, and self-definition of the individual artists\, many of whom are influenced by female avant-garde artists such as Austrian artist Maria Lassnig and New York based Cindy Sherman.

DTEND:20120103 DTSTAMP:20141002T105004 DTSTART:20110921 GEO:40.7593287;-73.9755412 LOCATION:Austrian Cultural Forum New York\,11 East 52 Street \nNew York\, N Y 10022 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Beauty Contest\, 
Clarina Bezzola\, Petra BUCHEGGER\, Mehmet EMIR\, Sissi Farassat\, Matthias Herrmann\, Anna Jermolaewa\, Birgit Jurgenssen\, Evangelia KRANIOTI\, Maria Lassnig\, Kalup Linzy\, Leslie DE MELO\, Muntea n/Rosenblum\, Rashaad Newsome\, Maria Petschnig\, Lisl Ponger\, Jakob Lena Knebl / Hans Scheirl\, Katarina SCHMIDL\, Cindy Sherman UID:179937 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20110920T200000 DTSTAMP:20141002T105004 DTSTART:20110920T180000 GEO:40.7593287;-73.9755412 LOCATION:Austrian Cultural Forum New York\,11 East 52 Street \nNew York\, N Y 10022 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Beauty Contest\, 
Clarina Bezzola\, Petra BUCHEGGER\, Mehmet EMIR\, Sissi Farassat\, Matthias Herrmann\, Anna Jermolaewa\, Birgit Jurgenssen\, Evangelia KRANIOTI\, Maria Lassnig\, Kalup Linzy\, Leslie DE MELO\, Muntea n/Rosenblum\, Rashaad Newsome\, Maria Petschnig\, Lisl Ponger\, Jakob Lena Knebl / Hans Scheirl\, Katarina SCHMIDL\, Cindy Sherman UID:179938 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR