Major new exhibition opens in York

Curator of the exhibition Jo Applin, infront of work by Adriana Varejao, called Green Tilework in Live Flesh.

Curator of the exhibition Jo Applin, infront of work by Adriana Varejao, called Green Tilework in Live Flesh.

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A major exhibition featuring some of the biggest names in art - and dealing with one of the most contentious topics - is opening in York today.

Entitled Flesh, the new exhibition is to feature works by Degan, Chardin, Francis Bacon and Sarah Lucas, and is to focus on how flesh has been portrayed in art in the last 600 years.

There will be more than 60 works spread across three floors of York Art Gallery, from historic pieces from the 14th Century to more modern and religious works.

“Flesh is a word that immediately provokes a reaction – it is no surprise that artists have always drawn on this tactile, organic and changeable material for inspiration,” said Laura Turner, senior curator of art and science.

“This exhibition brings together some of the biggest names in art as well as exciting emerging artists who all interpret flesh in different ways.”

The exhibition, which runs until March next year, will include loans from across the country and new acquisitions made possible through Art Fund’s Renew scheme, the Contemporary Art Society and Friends of York Art Gallery.

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