Likeness: Portraits of Artists by Other Artists
Likeness: Portraits of Artists by Other Artists is the first exhibition of its kind to bring into focus a recent history of artists' representations of other artists. A key aspect of the show is a consideration of how artists have negotiated what, exactly, constitutes a portrait, and how many contemporary artists have embraced the historical genre of portraiture, in turn creating a compelling contemporaneous record and account of today's art scenes.
In surveying this unique terrain, Likeness embraces a variety of approaches to portraiture, while focusing on artworks made during the past three decades by a loose network of artists active in Los Angeles, New York, London, Berlin, and elsewhere. Through works such as David Robbins' seminal Talent (1986), which documented the major players of the mid-1980s downtown New York art scene, the exhibition also seeks to reveal the social dynamics of certain recent contemporary art milieus.
In addition to conventional approaches to portraiture, Likeness includes experimental interpretations of the genre, such as Felix Gonzalez-Torres's text-based portrait, which lists decisive personal events in the life of his friend Julie Ault.
Generous lead sponsorship for Likeness is provided by Tecoah and Thomas Bruce and by Joe and Beth Hurwich.
Likeness was organized in collaboration with Independent Curators International (ICI), which has scheduled a tour of the exhibition. See the ICI website for tour venues and dates.
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