Out, Out, Young Sprout

There’s no denying it: Most Westerners have, at some point, snuck a glance at David’s twig-and-berries. The statue by Michelangelo is famous for many reasons, but mostly David’s uncircumcised phallus and delicate balls are focal points. The Catholic Church understood the allure of naked statues -- that’s why, during the heyday of European sculpturing, it went about veiling or castrating any it could find. Museums like the Vatican are filled with those disfigured statues, which, in turn, sort of make you wonder what happened to all the severed dicks.

On a distantly related note, an exhibition of sculptures by five artists entitled “Put You on a Pedestal” opens Saturday night at the Dorsch Gallery (151 NW 24th Street, Miami). There won’t be any nudes, but among the works is a beautiful wood rendering of an electric mixer, which invites the utterance, “Ce n’est pas un kitchen appliance.” Also on display: Impossibly complex pop-up books by local artist Andrew Binder and steel sculptures by Dominique Labauvie. Admission is free. There’s an opening reception from 7 to 10 p.m.; the exhibition ends on February 2 with a closing reception. Call 305-576-1278, or visit www.dorschgallery.com.
Jan. 5-Feb. 2, 2008

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