Portraiture Now: Drawing on the Edge
November 16, 2012 through August 18, 2013
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This exhibition, the seventh installation of the Portrait Gallery’s dynamic “Portraiture Now” series, will explore the work of Mequitta Ahuja, Mary Borgman, Adam Chapman, Ben Durham, Till Freiwald and Rob Matthews. These artists expand the narrow boundaries that once defined drawing and portraiture. Probing the intersection between drawing and photography, painting, video, textual writing and computer technology, all six artists show a commitment to direct, immediate, highly personal mark-making. Each of them employs a painstaking technique; their meticulous, repetitive actions result in a contemplative, almost meditative, engagement with process that adds a psychological depth to their work.
The exhibition curators are: Interim Director and curator of prints and drawings Wendy Wick Reaves; chief curator Brandon Brame Fortune; associate curator of prints and drawings, Anne C. Goodyear; associate curator of photographs, Frank H. Goodyear III; assistant curator of painting and sculpture, Dorothy Moss; and historian David C. Ward.
Portrait of Merwin (Merf) Shaw | by Mary Borgman | Charcoal on Mylar, 2009 |
Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago
Mocoonama | by Mequitta Ahuja | Acrylic, colored pencil and enamel on stamped and collaged vellum, 2011 |
Courtesy of the artist
Kris | by Ben Durham | Graphite text on handmade paper, 2011 |
Collection Glenn and Amanda Fuhrman, New York, Courtesy The FLAG Art Foundation
Giu | by Till Freiwald | Watercolor on paper, 2008 |
Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
Annie H. | by Adam Chapman | Single-channel, generative, HD digital work with custom electronics, custom software, computer
and artist's frame, 2008-2009 |
Courtesy of the artist and Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco
Tracy, My Wife. Tracy Crocheted This Skull From a Pattern She Found in a Book | by Rob Matthews | Graphite on paper, 2008 |
Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Joe, Philadelphia, PA
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