Juried by Jacqueline Towers-Perkins
Jacqueline Towers-Perkins selected artwork for the exhibition. Jacqueline Towers-Perkins is a Specialist of Post-War & Contemporary Art at Bonhams Auctioneers in New York. She previously served as a Post-War and Contemporary Art Specialist at Artnet Auctions in New York, Paddle8 in London and as Auctioneer and Head of the Paintings department at a London auction house.
In visual arts it was the face, usually in portraiture, where the viewer found closely rendered depictions of individuals, which sought to reveal something of their character, personality or social position. However, in the post-war era a radical shift took place. Recent decades of art history have put the idea of ever accessing a true or unitary self into question, while at the same time opening up new avenues of expression, freeing artists to explore identities and themes previous kept at the margins. The show presents works, in a variety of mediums — print, painting, photography— from artists all across the world, engaging fruitfully with this new openness.
While a number of the works are close to traditional portraits, many of the artists focus on the body or physical presence instead of the capturing expression or representational likeness. While the faces depicted are not necessarily in the traditional mode of portraiture, they nonetheless are united by fostering a distinct and memorable encounter with the viewer.
Siddhartha Choudhary, Janet Boltax, Donna Festa, Stephan Jahanshahi, Ahmet Arslan, Ashton Gooding, Monica Camin, Pat Brentano, Robert Kalman, Angel Pena, Ira Upin, Dean Christensen, Diane Fenster, Kerstin Roolfs, Allan Bealy, Robert Creighton, A. Holly Sphar, William Glaser, Loren Abbate, Paul Adams, Eduardo Fausti, Reinaldo Egusquiza, Michael Costello, Eileen MacArthur, Mary Tooley Parker, Zimou Tan, Daevid Anderson, Rick Dailey, Nathan Hall, Elise Pittelman, Dana Boussard, Michael Darough, Rene Molineaux, Kate Greenberg, Joanna Madloch, Robin Dintiman, James Falciano, Tad Philipp, Mary Carew, Winifred van der Rijn, Jon Goldman, Ransom Ashley, Hannah Pasedag, Peter Bucks, James Collins, Ben Rosecrans, Claudio Ahlers, Jess Pemberton, Kayla Bischoff, Marilyn Levin, Jessica Szuchyt, Marina Povalishina, David Larson, Sean Gallagher, Barbara Brown, Shawn Charles, Catherine Malloy, Qin Zhang, Michael Rahn, Niki Haynes, John Rich, Mia Cross, Lee Ann Carr, Yolande Heijnen, Daniel Dallmann, Heather Champagne, Rusty Leffel