Harlequin Art Exhibition: The Heart of a Woman - Harlequin Cover Art 1949--2009

    Proud to have a place in the hearts of women for 60 years

    NEW YORK and TORONTO, April 6 /CNW/ -- In celebration of Harlequin's 60th
anniversary, the internationally recognized publisher is sponsoring an
exhibition of original cover art that will focus not only on the changing
shape of desire and fantasy but also on the social meaning and context of
these images. THE HEART OF A WOMAN: Harlequin Cover Art 1949--2009 debuts at
the Openhouse Gallery in New York City on May 29, 2009, and will be on view
until June 12, 2009.

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    By presenting 60 years of cover artwork, the exhibition offers a unique
insight into the profound transformations that have occurred in women's lives
over the past six decades. These changes have been captured and reflected on
the front of Harlequin novels--from shifts in private desires to shifts in the
politics of gender. Although it is the stories of romance that charm the
hearts of so many women, it is the artwork on the book covers that offers the
first tantalizing hint of the pleasures that await between the covers.

    The show also spotlights some of the notable names who created these
stirring pieces and how the artistic process itself has changed over the
decades. Over a hundred original works of art will be displayed, from
Harlequin's beginnings in 1949 to the present day.

    Elizabeth Semmelhack, Curator
    Elizabeth is the head curator at a major museum in Toronto. As an
independent curator, she has curated exhibitions at the Museum of Sex in New
York and the St. Louis Art Museum. She has also been a consultant to the
Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is the author of
Heights of Fashion.

    Harlequin Enterprises Limited is the global leader in series romance and
one of the world's leading publishers of women's fiction, with titles issued
worldwide in 28 languages and sold in 114 international markets. The company
produces over 120 titles monthly and publishes more than 1,100 authors from
around the world. Harlequin's Web site is located at www.eHarlequin.com.
Harlequin has offices in 19 countries, including offices in Toronto, New York
and London. For more information please visit www.eHarlequin.com or


    Harlequin Cover Art 1949-2009
    Openhouse Gallery
    201 Mulberry Street
    New York (Soho), NY
    Private Event: May 29
    Open to Public: May 30-June 12


For further information:

For further information: Marleah Stout, Senior Manager, Public
Relations, Harlequin Enterprises Limited, +1-416-391-7009,
marleah_stout@harlequin.ca; or for press inquiries:
marleah_stout_press@harlequin.ca Web Site: http://www.eharlequin.com/

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