Sunday, June 3, 2012

Upcoming Preview: 'Notorious' Opening June 16th

Notorious: Portraits of History’s Most Infamous, an international art exhibit curated by Bradley Platz

Opening Reception: Saturday June 16, 2012, 6-10 pm
Exhibition Dates: June 16 - July 8, 2012
Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Sunday, 11a - 7pm


Famous or well known, typically for some bad quality or deed.

 John Brown by Jaxon Northon

Modern Eden Gallery is pleased to announce “Notorious”, a group exhibition featuring portraits of History’s most infamous figures.   Participating artists have chosen subjects from among the most notorious historical persons and each artist has created work for the show that speaks with their unique artistic style. Among the likes of Sid Vicious and William Burroughs stare the faces of Caligula and Marie Antoinette.  From the beguiling grace of Isadora Duncan to the delicious insanity of Hunter S. Thompson, no subject is sacred.  These are the portraits that speak for the historical tyrants, literary scoundrels, artistic rebels, infamous criminals, sexual deviants, famous fools and madmen.  

  Sid Vicious by Laura Buss

What is “Notorious” is relative to time, historical documentation, legend and cultural interpretation.  A person considered notorious in their time might be viewed differently today, whereby modern standards change, the nature of what is morally “bad” changes.  This exhibition is partly a testament to the misunderstood, the cultural pioneers, and partly a condemnation of the truly and memorably evil.  It is an artistic survey of the shifting nature of what is considered ‘Notorious’ and a testament to the various ways of rising and falling to fame.

 Christopher Hitchens by Sidharth Chaturvedi

Exhibiting artists are Aaron Hodges, Akira Beard, Albert Ramos, Bradley Platz, Brian Pollett, Calvin Lai, Daniel J. Valadez, Damir Simic, Derek Harrison, Emilio Villalba, Leilani Bustamante, Michael Ryan, Paul Morin, Rachel Moseley, Robert Bowen, Sidharth Chaturvedi, Hugh Leeman, Jaxon Northon, John Wentz, Jules Kmetzko, Justin Loney, Lance Hewison, Laura Buss, and Lee Harvey Roswell.

(Image)  Joan of Arc by Aaron Hodges

The opening reception for "Notorious" will be held at Modern Eden on Saturday, June 16th from 6-10pm. The exhibition will be on display through July 8, 2012 and is free and open to the public. Complimentary drinks will be served and there will be a live DJ set by Edward Aten during the reception. Exhibiting artists and curator will be in attendance.

For more information please contact Modern Eden: (415) 956-3303,

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