This exhibition examines the various complexities and interpretations of the figure in contemporary art. The exhibition, selected by Barbara McAdam, succeeds in representing the most interesting and exciting reaches of contemporary figurative work. From Raphael’s “The School of Athens” to Willem de Kooning’s abstract renderings of the human body, the figure has held a central, though now, increasingly contested place in art history. With the advent of photography and mass imagery, artists have had to continually reimagine their relationship with the human form. This show exhibits a wide array of work— all of it technically masterful and visually resonant—that fruitfully engages with such a relationship.
About the Juror:
We are fortunate to have the highly respected Co-Executive Editor of ARTNews Barbara A. MacAdam. She has worked as executive editor of Art + Auction, and was an editor of Review: Latin American Literature and Arts and New York Magazine. She has written on art and design, reviewed books on art and literature for the LA Times Book Review, Newsday, and The New York Times Book Review, among others. She has been co-president of AICA-USA (the International Art Critics Association)