The Portraits

The exhibition catalogue "Elaine De Kooning: Portraits" on display in the museum store
Cover of "Face Value: Portraiture in the Age of Abstraction" with a painted portrait of a woman holding a fish

PublicationsFace Value: Portraiture in the Age of Abstraction

Author:  Brandon Brame Fortune, Wendy Wick Reaves David C. Ward Patricia Quealy a new poem by John Ashbery

Face Value features mid-twentieth-century artists who were reinventing portraiture at a moment when everyone agreed that figuration was dead as a progressive art form. Containing more than fifty paintings, drawings, prints, and sculpture, this book highlights innovations in American portraiture from approximately 1945 to 1975. Included are works by such artists as Alice Neel, Robert Rauschenberg, Alex Katz, Romare Bearden, Fairfield Porter, Andy Warhol, Joan Brown, Barkley Hendricks, and Sylvia Sleigh. Inspired by the theories and ambitions of the Abstract Expressionists and keenly attuned to the themes of their own turbulent times, these artists reinvented portraiture for the next generation. 

Publisher:  National Portrait Gallery in association with D Giles Limited
Year:  2014
Cover:  Hardcover
Number of Pages:  176 pages
Price:  $34.87
ISBN-10:  1907804420
ISBN-13:  978-1907804427