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View of “THE PUBLIC BODy .01,” 2016. Floor: Carter Mull, Broker, 2014. Walls, from left: Ryan McGinley, YEARBOOK, 2014; Abdul Abullah, Abdul-Hamid Ibrahim Percival Charles Charles Charles Charles, 2012; Sarah Lucas, Untitled, 2012. Photo: Jessica Maurer.

“THE PUBLIC BODY .01”

Artspace, Sydney

View of “THE PUBLIC BODy .01,” 2016. Floor: Carter Mull, Broker, 2014. Walls, from left: Ryan McGinley, YEARBOOK, 2014; Abdul Abullah, Abdul-Hamid Ibrahim Percival Charles Charles Charles Charles, 2012; Sarah Lucas, Untitled, 2012. Photo: Jessica Maurer.

Assembled by Artspace executive director Alexie Glass-Kantor and curator Talia Linz, “THE PUBLIC BODY .01” was the first of a three-part exhibition series that will take place at yearly intervals. Edition one focused on contemporary artistic representations of sexualized bodies, and included works by seventeen artists from Australasia, the United Kingdom, China, and the United States. With thoughtful selections, the curators managed to create a fresh, celebratory, and provocative show on a familiar theme.

Although the works ranged from performance, video installation, photography, sculpture, and painting to mixed media, tapestry, and textiles, one unusual medium featured surprisingly strongly: digital photography as wallpaper. Contributions in this vein played on the tension between wallpaper as decorous architectural skin and the candid display of naked bodies. Covering a long

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