Likeness: Portraits of Artists by Other Artists

February 27, 2004 to May 08, 2004

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.


Matthew Antezzo
Roy Arden
David Armstrong
AA Bronson
Edgar Bryan
Heather Cantrell
Chuck Close
Anne Collier
Tacita Dean
Sam Durant
Nan Goldin
Felix Gonzalez-Torres
Richard Hamilton
Peter Hujar
Deborah Kass
Mike Kelley

Richard Kern
Bruce La Bruce
Sean Landers
Robert Mapplethorpe
Jonathan Meese
Richard Misrach
Dave Muller
Paul Noble
Julian Opie
Elizabeth Peyton
Sigmar Polke
Richard Prince
David Robbins
Wolfgang Tillmans
James Welling
Neil Winokur