October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so we’d be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge some artwork that is bringing this discussion to the forefront. From coast to coast, we have artwork that you’ll want to see. So run, don’t walk, to these exhibitions that are closing soon!
New York: Holiday House NYC
The interior design “showhouse,” Holiday House, is raising funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) this fall. Twenty top designers have been invited to design the rooms of Holiday House’s new Upper East Side location at 118 East 76th Street. The Studio at One King Lane’s room is filled with items that are available for purchase on-site, with a portion of sales being donated to BCRF. Ticket sales are also donated to the Foundation. Ticket holders can view the rooms, meet the designers and attend to-be-announced events like panel discussions and book signings. Holiday House is open Tuesdays-Sundays, from 11am-5pm (11am-8pm on Thursdays), through December 2. It is closed on November 21 & 22.
Los Angeles: Transcendence
Gallery LECLAIREUR Los Angeles presents “Transcendence,” a collection of fine art photography by Giuliano Bekor, through the end of the month. This series of 13 photographs is on display for Breast Cancer Awareness Month to benefit The Foundation for Living Beauty, an organization that emboldens breast cancer survivors with physical and emotional support. Bekor’s photography, according to the exhibition’s press release, “pays tribute to the body’s power to heal, renew and transcend into a state of harmony and bliss.” He does this by projecting images of real breast cancer cells onto nude female cancer survivors who he then photographs. Curator Wendy Posner explains: “Giuliano’s images of cells emphasize beauty rather than suffering, allowing the viewer to see beyond conventional representations of disease.” Photographs will be available for purchase at LECLAIREUR Los Angeles (450 N Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles) until October 31.
Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by filling its cracks with gold. The idea is: that which has suffered has experienced. This experience contributes to the story of the object, making it even richer. It is this concept that inspired “Reconstructed,” a series of storytelling and photography that is featured in a book by the same title. For this project, photographer Erez Sabag and Creative Director David Warren collaborated with plastic surgeon Dr. Jonathan Bank to feature 16 women who have overcome breast cancer. Their scars are covered with gold, a symbolic representation of each woman’s individual journey. The book also carefully focuses on each woman’s personal story. Featuring the external scars of an internal battle highlights the idea that the adversity we endure makes us even more beautiful. The book is available online now.