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Natalie White—muse to Peter Beard and portrait subject to Chuck Close, George Condo, Will Cotton, Marc Quinn and more—to debut nude self portrait series created with iconic 20 x 24” Polaroid camera from 1978
Only seven of the 235-pound Polaroid cameras were ever created, and the remaining film stock’s chemical expiration is imminent. With the same kit as photographic self portraiture pioneers Andy Warhol and Chuck Close, White aims to preserve the physical and emotional likeness of her youth in the nearly extinct medium of large format Polaroid photography.
New York, NY and Miami, FL — April 13, 2017 — New York-based artist Natalie White, former muse and nude model to dozens of male photographers, claims the role of “artist” for herself in a solo exhibition of 14 large format Polaroid self portraits. A Muse Me is White’s first show devoted entirely to the medium; she previously exhibited several “Giant Polaroids” in 2013 for Who Shot Natalie White (a show of 25 artists’ works for which White was the subject) and again in 2015 as part of Instant Gratification, her otherwise performance-based exhibition at The Hole gallery on New York’s Lower East Side.
The behemoth camera’s multiple exposure capabilities allow White to explore components of a complex intimate relationship—making love, pulling hair, turning one’s back on a partner—through the illusion that she is doing such an act with herself. With what art critic Jerry Saltz deems “radical vulnerability,” White as her own muse and portrait subject is alternately dominant and submissive; narcissistic and humble.
From the medium itself to an exhibition catalog essay by Grateful Dead lyricist John Perry Barlow, A Muse Me and White’s studio practice as a whole integrally embrace a cross-generational reverence for late-20th century American art and culture. For the exhibition, White uses the 1978 Polaroid’s distinctively retro process and aesthetic to explore timeless intimate acts; in her nude state with no modern objects or iconography in the frame, these works could have been made forty years ago.
The camera itself functions with resemblance to the ubiquitous handheld version. The 20 x 24-inch contact film similarly self-develops in under 90 seconds, but the size requires that the device operator manually peel off a top layer and wipe away the chemicals—in the process, framing the photo with the crude, sepia border made famous by Andy Warhol and his contemporaries’ early use of the camera.
White began experimenting with the medium in response to critics’ positive reception of work for which she was the model; said the artist:
“People would compliment a portrait of me by Peter Beard or another famous artist and I would wonder to myself if they were already primed to like it because it was by this famous male artist. They would talk about the expressive qualities of the piece—but my captured expressions weren’t truly genuine. A heterosexual male artist is inherently ill-equipped to capture the authentic female state. I love my body, but for different reasons than a hetero male does. I wanted to take ownership of my likeness and come up with a process that could more accurately capture my emotional state. I wanted to become my own muse.”
Though White meticulously crafted the perspective and composition of each piece in advance, raw emotion is inherent to the process; the large format Polaroid camera, like its handheld counterpart, allows just one take with no airbrushing or editing. The ethereal, translucent overlay effect of the double exposure allows White to make tangible the dueling emotional states within her psyche. One work, One at a Time, is a triple exposure whose visual effect appears to insert a stoic, conflicted White between polar states of emotional dominance. With a timelessness compounded by the terminal medium’s distinctively retro process and aesthetic, White exists in A Muse Me as an ageless vessel for physical and emotional intimacy.
Following an artist’s reception from 7 – 9 p.m. on Friday, April 14, A Muse Me will be on view daily (excluding Sundays and Mondays) from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Saturday, May 13.
Feminist by nature, a riot by habit. Natalie White is a provocative and progressive feminist and artist, first known for her contribution as a “Muse” to the work of many of today’s art and fashion luminaries. Her creative drive and unapologetic spirit have led her to collaborative ventures with artists such as Peter Beard, George Condo, Olivier Zahm, Michael Dweck, Will Cotton, Spencer Tunick, and Sean Lennon.
Growing up in a small town in West Virginia, Natalie first gained attention internationally as a young model, featured on the covers of numerous European Magazines. Never one to shy away from the risque, she was also the first American ever featured in French Playboy.
In 2013, at the “Who Shot Natalie White?” show, amidst a retrospective of 25 different artists for whom she has been a muse, Natalie debuted herself as a solo artist. Through a series of double exposed Giant Polaroid nudes, she redefined herself as “her own muse.”
As a leader in female empowerment, a member of the ERA Coalition, and self-affirmation through art, Natalie also works in activations for women’s rights. She has performed at the “Art Basel Miami Women in Art Benefit” in collaboration with the Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth Sackler Center, as well as the “Natalie White for Equal Rights” show at the Hole in 2015 and a 2016 follow-up at the WhiteBox Foundation for the Arts. In July 2016, She led a 16 day, 250-mile march from NYC to DC promoting the fight for inclusion of The Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution. – Press release by Molly Krause Communications Contact: email@example.com
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In 1997 Bill opened an ATM cash machine business which lended his name to his first gallery ATM in 2001 in New York’s East Village. He also installed a ATM in the storefront of the gallery. Brady gave an opportunity to young emerging artists from all over the world and joined the burgeoning New York art scene. In his second year the gallery ATM acquired five consecutive New York Times reviews with artist like Huma Bahba, Joe Bradley and Tomoo Gokita which prompted his move to Chelsea. After 10 years in New York, Bill moved the gallery to Kansas City, Bill Brady’s home town. The Kansas City move came about because of Brady’s understanding of the ever evolving art world and interaction with the internet and social media and knowing that he didn’t need to be in New York. Bill moved the gallery to Miami in 2015 to a new space in the Little River District.
Bill Brady has been a Gallery owner for 17 years. He Graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1991. He Attended Skowhegan school Art in 1991. In 1993 he moved to New York to pursue his Masters at School of Visual arts. From 1993 – 2003 he managed Chase Manhattan Bank corporate art collections. During the same period He worked at the Guggenhiem as an art installer where he worked with the artists and curators for their exhibitions.
“White has a unique bald willingness to let her be appreciated, as object, as subject and to be plainly visible to the not-so-innocent bystander. White is portrayed as a muse and a piece of art herself. Natalie creates the possibility that others may experience life-size what its like to be Natalie White as a sexual entity. This is combined with her possibly quixotic one-girl marches on the government in support of the Equal Rights Amendment, makes perfect sense. Stretching our minds a bit further, discovering a truth that we are trained to think that sexual beings don’t have rights.”
–Text on Natalie White’s work was provided by Curator John Perry Barlow
Patricia Arquette is willing to work with the White House on gender equality. Just give her a call.
Read today’s Washington Post Article, written by Helena Andrews-Dyer detailing the support of Patricia Arquette throughout my trial and subsequently, in the pursuit of #Intersectionality and Equality for all, via the Equal Rights Amendment and beyond.
“You were in D.C. Superior Court in January testifying for your friend Natalie White, who was arrested for spray painting “ERA NOW” (Equal Rights Amendment) on the sidewalk of the Capitol building. Is there a good or bad way to protest?
Well, first off it was water-soluble paint, it wasn’t actually spray paint. When we talked about it in court they were trying to claim that it was permanent damage, and I said 240 years of not being covered by your Constitution is actually permanent damage. – Patricia Arquette
Touché. Do you think women’s rights have taken three steps back and two steps forward?” …. Washington Post Article
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Bill Brady Gallery is hosting me in an exhibition (Miami on the 7th of April 2017!)and selling the art that allows me to make the art, that fuels the activism, to save our rights to create the art. As the Gorilla Girls say “Do women have to be naked to get into the Met. Museum?”
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We have some incredibly urgent legislature coming up today, and if you have any contacts in NC (or other states that haven passed the ERA, including Virginia) please encourage them to begin engaging with all social groups one may be connected with, along with new ones, for instance; judges, lawyers and legal associations or schools from elementary to university along with the school board and professors suggesting it be a focus of the curriculum! Take on what matters in places you already are because this affects all of us. Passing the ERA is imperative and we can’t do it alone, however we can pass this together!
The ERA is not only an issue for women…It will benefit our families, men, children, the entire financial structure of our country, showing the pioneering energy of America, with a ripple effect across the globe! Our children will inherit a better world.
CALL YOUR LEGISLATORS TODAY!
On Valentine’s Day, February 14, (TODAY) the Equal Rights Amendment will be introduced in both houses of the NC General Assembly.
Chief sponsors Sen. Floyd McKissick and Rep. Carla Cunningham will speak on the legislation at 2:30 pm in the legislative press conference room. Leaders of the ERA-NC Alliance will also speak at the news conference.
Essentially, we have two days from the time of introduction to gather co-sponsors for the bill. It then gets sent to a committee. There’s not a number of co-sponsors required for it to go to committee. Yet, the more co-sponsors there are, the better — it carries more power. After the 2-day window, it is good to continue approaching representatives as it makes its way through the committee and on to vote. So please call your own House and Senate members today and urge them to cosponsor this ERA legislation. In 2015 one-third of the House members signed on. Let’s top that this time, and push the ERA to victory in 2017!
please forward the email and the attachments to their friends all around The State ASAP to contact their Reps (Bullet item #2 on attached postcard.)
Base talking points:
I believe in telling my Reps that :I am committed to support only elected reps. & candidates who support The ERA.
Please send out far and wide to your friends & family state-wide ( NOT just that they do this, also that they ask all to do so as well)
My friend Amanda Krauss is on the ground in North Carolina – and open for contact – should anyone need help in this process. Everyone is busy and I we all need help sometimes to keep things simple and stand up for what we believe!
Her contact information:
Ratify ERA-NC Asheville
IF their Reps. do no get on as co-sponsors they should all be pushing to get them to vote for the ERA when the legislation is before them. And, to let them know that all eyes are on their votes.
The legislation does not yet have a bill number, we don’t know which committee it will go to or if it will be tacked onto other legs., we will follow closely and report to all as soon as we know (or if someone else wants to watch closely and report to us that would be fantastic!
LET’S RATIFY THE ERA!
Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.
Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.
Section 3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.
To find your lawmakers’ contact information, go to the legislative website: http://ncleg.net
Included here are some helpful tools to help you and your contacts with state legislators about cosponsoring the ERA. Including a chart, put together by Ann Von Brock, listing all the legislators, whether they cosponsored the ERA in 2015, and their responses (if any) to our candidate survey.Post Card Even if your legislator(s) previously cosponsored and said yes to our survey, please do contact them right away. You can thank them for past support and/or pledges of support. But they must hear from many constituents anyway, so that they know how important this issue is. http://www.ratifyera-nc.org/
“Rebels don’t produce change by fanning their own anger. You have to learn to save your outrage and focus.” -Shami Chakrabati
#Onward #Intersectionality #MakeAmericaThinkAgain
WE are ALL in this TOGETHER!, NATALIE JO WHITE
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I am proud to be interviewed tomorrow night on RT America’s show Redacted Tonight by the political satirist and all around activist, i.e. super human, Lee Camp.
CHECK it out on RT America around the country, or see it first on You Tube at 6 p.m. – click here Redacted Tonight.
Me, on the Capitol Steps, after my 250 mile walk from New York City to Washington D.C. this year, in protest of the lack of ratification … #ERAnow!
Let’s bring the rights of women forward 230 years, making America Great Again.
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My fellow Americans and Global Citizens, Today could be one of the most important days in history.
Today we use the momentum of peaceful democratic demonstrations to build our tomorrows.
Start by using the link below to keep everything moving. Peace! #ERAnow
And remember folks, from this girl from West Virginia,
We practice empathy with the intent to learn about the intersecting identities of each other. #Intersectionality
#MarchForERA #ERAnow #NatalieWhiteForEqualRights #Unify #ActivistArtists
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…. On Thursday, January 19th, the artist, activist, and once and future muse, Natalie White was found guilty on charges of “defacing public or private property” for spray-painting “ERA NOW” in large red letters on the steps of The Capitol Building, an offense she originally committed back in July, 2016. White will have to pay a $50 fine and is ordered to stay away from the Capitol for six months unless she plans to meet with legislators, lawmakers or other congress people in an effort to finally pass the Equal Rights Amendment. White represented herself in court and personally negotiated this visitation caveat as well as a reduced fine after prosecutors recommended a heftier sentence. White, who surely brought a cinematic Warholian flare to the proceedings, did receive prior council from the famed D.C. first amendment attorney Mark Goldstone and the celebrated civil rights attorney Ron Kuby. Her friends and fellow women’s rights activists, Lizzy Jagger, daughter of Mick and Jerry Hall, and Academy Award winning actress Patricia Arquette were on hand to witness exchanges such as this:
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Read All About it here!
Artist Natalie White found Guilty of standing up for freedom, for the rights of all U.S. Citizens. I consider this a victory!
#MarchForERA #ERAnow #WomensMarchOnWashington
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Patricia Arquette, Kamala Lopez, Elizabeth Jagger, Sarabeth Stroller & I speak briefly on why it is important, after a nearly 230 year journey, to ratify the constitution to include the Equal Rights Amendment – for all Americans.
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Equal Means Equal in 2017! Lets make this happen, ERA now in 2017! Happy New Year! #NatalieWhiteArtist #NatalieWhiteForEqualRights #NatalieWhiteMuse #NatalieWhiteActivist
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