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Now that’s horse of a different color.

Artists are letting their aesthetic imaginations run wild in a new art show dubbed “Equus,” which is a Latin word for horse.

“This is not an exhibition of predictable ‘pretty pictures,’ horse ‘portraits’ or sentimental ‘clichés,’ ” said Audrey Anastasi, the co-director of Sunset Park’s Tabla Rasa Gallery, who has co-curated the newly opened show with abstract artist and skilled equestrian G. G. Stankiewicz.

“Instead, artwork in the show is as much about the artist’s individual vision, as it is about the subject matter.”

Anastasi, who curates thematic group shows at the Tabla Rasa Gallery, said that the horse is presented to the viewer in various interpretations that are sometimes wild, serene, clever, and even disturbing.

A total of 18 artists in the show portray the horse through a broad range of media including paintings, photographs, sculpture, works on paper and leaded glass, and even a pre-cinema, optical animation device called a praxinoscope,

“Simply put, it’s a gorgeous show, but even more, it’s fascinating to see the range of creative expression,” said Anastasi.

Anastasi said that some of the featured artists have shown their work at the 48th Street gallery before, while others are brand new “discoveries” for the gallery.

Artist Tom Bennett whose oil paintings are displayed in the eclectic exhibition said that the horse represents one of the most powerful metaphors in art history.

“As an expressionist figurative painter, the form and movement has always appealed to me,” he said. “The essential force of motion inherent in the animal lends its self to the fluid plastic medium of paint.”

Sculptor Wendy Klemperer, whose bronze falling horse sculpture is also featured in the show, said that she has always been captivated by animals.

“The imagery that pervades my work reflects a lifelong fascination with animals,” she said. “As a child this led to hours of watching, drawing, and imagining.”

“Equus” at Tabla Rasa Gallery [224 48th St. between Second and Third avenues in Sunset Park, (718) 833–9100,]. Through July 31.

Reach reporter Natalie Musumeci at or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her at

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