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The gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new paint ings and related drawings by Anne Harris.  Included are a series of six med ium-sized self-portrait oil paintings\, related pastel and Mylar drawings a nd two earlier works.  This is Harris’s third one-person show with the gall ery. 

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In her new self-portraits\, Harris shows us\, in a manner tha t is both brutal and liberating\, the physical and emotional consequences o f middle-age for women. The youthful curve between her waist and hips is go ne and her belly fat is starting to fold over her hips. Her breasts flatten and sag\, having completed their youthful functions. Her skin is transpare nt and has lost its elasticity\, veins are more pronounced. Her face is pal e in some works and\, in others\, it is flushed and blotchy. Some of these changes are suggested in the titles Harris gives these portraits including Pink Face and Invisible. The latter refers not only to th e fact that women become physically transparent as they age—thin skin and w hite hair—but they also become invisible because they no longer carry the s igns of youth\, youth being what is sought and seen today.

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Harris’s body in her self-portraits\, signals what might be understood as the begin ning of the process of a woman’s physical demise\, starting with the loss o f her ability to create new life. Harris’s paintings\, however\, are not ab out lamenting these losses. In fact\, as is emphasized by the title and con tent of two other self-portraits tentatively titled Pale Angel and Angel\, she seems quite ready to accept the fact that her body\, having performed its earthly purpose of conveying life is transforming\, re adying itself for a new phase.  Harris’s paintings\, however\, do not dwell on the fact of death but rather find in it a release\, a semblance of free dom\, perhaps even a different kind of birth. This can be seen in the fact that\, while physically grounded in their body’s solidity\, the heads and e longated necks of these figures—slightly smaller in proportion to the bodie s—appear to hover above their bodies\, contributing to a spectral quality i n these works. Her expressions in these works register confidence\, resolve \, and poise\, and in Invisible resized\, we glimpse a slight smil e. These figures seem to possess knowledge or a state of consciousness that exists beyond the realm of the ordinary.  Her figures appear to emerge fro m thin air and\, despite their physicality\, exist in a state and space of suspension.

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            Harris was born in 1963 and received an M.F .A. in from Yale.  She has exhibited her work in Chicago\, New England and New York.  In 2003 her work was the subject of a mid-career survey at Bowdo in College Museum of Art curated by Alison Ferris.  She currently teaches a t the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

DTEND:20130511 DTSTAMP:20140802T084034 DTSTART:20130406 GEO:40.762227;-73.971964 LOCATION:Alexandre Gallery\,Fuller Building 41 East 57th Street\, 13th Floo r\nNew York\, NY 10022 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Phantasmatical: Self Portraits\, Anne Harris UID:234186 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR