BOSTON— Liquid Art House, "LAH," Boston's first gallery-restaurant hybrid, welcomes Aurélie Galois for an exclusive pop-up this Valentine's weekend, February 12-14th. The Boston-based French painter will show her petit portraits of erotica scenes or as she calls them "undressed paintings," some tucked away in miniature boxes.
From the ancient Greeks to the Ming Dynasty to Europe's Renaissance, erotic art was always part of the painting experience. Over the centuries, artists faced censorship, destruction of works, even jail time, which only created more mystique. In 2015, taking into account social change, former MoMA curator and art historian Rosa JH Berland elevated erotic art with the creation of the Modern Provocateur Manifesto, assigning the genre its proper place in the art world: "The complexity of this type of visual art is in part because when it does cause scandal, protest, outrage or shock, the criticism is often myopic, and does not always take into account the entire narrative or concept behind the work or the maker or the construction of socially acceptable parameters. It celebrates the beauty of the anima and animus within each of us, and permits both the artist and the viewer to express and explore without shame or apology."
Galois's works will be available for viewing and sale for three days only at Liquid Art House. The artist will be on hand to accept commissions from LAH guests who bring in their own jewelry or heirloom boxes for Valentine's gifts.
Aurélie Galois Pop-up February 12th - 14th at Liquid Art House at The Arlington, 100 Arlington Street. Boston, Back Bay
Video: Exposition Fantasmes, Inlassable Galerie, Paris 2012.
Revolving double painting, by Aurélie Galois.
About the artist: In the early 90’s, Aurélie Galois began learning every traditional technique of oil painting, engraving, charcoal and pastels in a private studio in Paris. After earning a Masters in Literature from Sorbonne University and History of Art from The School of the Louvre, she worked as an editor-in-chief at a Paris magazine. Galois found herself painting the portraits of her interview subjects to tell their stories on her canvas. Today she publishes and exhibits her work regularly, while actively taking commissions for portraits. Recent exhibitions include “Micro Salon” at L’Inlassable Galerie in Paris — a collaboration of 88 artists focused under the sole constraint of working in a small format — and two solo shows at Sloane Merrill Gallery and UForge Gallery in Boston.