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Weatherspoon Art Museum

Exhibition Detail
Head to Head
Curated by: Nancy Doll
Corner of Spring Garden & Tate St
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170

March 2nd, 2013 - June 23rd, 2013
March 2nd, 2013 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Petite Tête au peigne (Small head with comb), Henri MatisseHenri Matisse,
Petite Tête au peigne (Small head with comb),
1907, cast 1922, bronze, 3 9/16 x 2 1/4 x 2 3/4 in
© Courtesy of Weatherspoon Art Museum
United States
Tue, Wed & Fri 10am-5pm Thu 10am-9pm Sat & Sun 1pm-5pm

The human head is the nexus of thought, emotion, and expression. Four of our five senses are located there.  The importance of human head—regardless of size and shape—visually links the great variety of artworks in this exhibition, which range in date from 1907 (Tete d’enfant by Henri Matisse) to 1995 (Trophy Head by John Ahearn). 

A number of the pieces are portraits of specific individuals and they present some interesting artistic linkages.  For example, both William Zorach and Robert Laurent carved stone portraits of the prominent art dealer, Edith Halpert, who opened the influential Downtown Gallery in New York City in 1926 and represented both artists there. Three other works on view are by artists who studied under the same teacher, Jose de Creeft (not represented in the exhibition): Malvina Hoffman, Michael Lekakis, and Reuben Nakian. Despite their shared tutelage by de Creeft, their work differs markedly. Hoffman’s realistic Mattress Maker of 1928 elevates the subject and her routine role to a heroic level, while Nakian’s Ecstasy of 1947 conveys an intangible emotional state through relatively representational means.  By contrast, Head # 2 by Lekakis is a casual portrait rendered in painted concrete and plaster.

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