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Expressions of the Figure: Modern Portrayals of the Human Figure from the Permanent Collection

Expressions of the Figure: Modern Portrayals of the Human Figure from the Permanent Collection

October 20 – December  10, 2008
 

The Art Gallery presents its second exhibition of the semester with “Expressions of the Figure.”  The exhibited works of art come from the gallery’s permanent collection, which has been growing since the first donation made in 1973.

The selected paintings, drawings and prints exemplify the tendency of many artists in the 20th century to shy away from realistic portrayals of the figure in effort to explore relatively new abstraction techniques. For many of the artists represented in the show, abstracting the human figure meant using looser brush strokes and un-naturalistic colors on the canvas. For others, simplifying the human figure into basic shapes and lines was essential in their creative thought process.

Curated by Kelsey McMillan, curator pro tem., the artists represented include:
Leon Golub, Robert Broderson, Diego Rivera, Robbie Tillotson, Esther Gentle, Abraham Rattner, Henry Moore, Abraham Walkowitz, Anne Salley, John Murray Barton, Sergio Gonzales-Tomero, Lil Michaelis, Maud Gatewood, Jacob Kainen, Claude Howell,  Pat Wartik, Elias Friedensohn, David Aronson, Robert Marx, Karel Appel, and  Gregorio Prestopino.


         

              Gregorio Prestopino                    Maud Gatewood