Thomas Solomon Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of conceptual portrait works by artists John Baldessari, Robert Barry, Douglas Huebler, Joseph Kosuth, Ed Ruscha, William Wegman, and Lawrence Weiner. The exhibition will be on view June 26 through August 14, 2010 Noon-6 PM at 427 Bernard Street.
In the early years of the conceptual art movement, many artists challenged the traditions of subject and objet. The artists in Portrait collectively represent a movement away from image into ideas, and each in his practice has presented works that eschewed the creative norm. Taking portraiture as a point of departure, arguably one of the most important art forms throughout the ages, each artist denied the pictorial image and confronted the viewer with text. Whether it be descriptive, emotional, sarcastic or romantic, each work in the exhibition presents the viewer with a story, a love letter, a poem or a joke, each of which paints a detailed image of someone else. The old adage, a picture is worth a thousand words, goes beyond the needs of these artists, who have pictured another with such elegant efficiency.
John Baldessari was born in National City, California in 1931. He lives and works in Santa Monica, California. Robert Barry was born in New York City in 1936. He lives and works outside New York City. Douglas Huebler (1924-1997) was born in Michigan and was active in New York City, California, and Massachusetts. Joseph Kosuth was born in Toledo, Ohio in 1945, and lives and works in New York City. Ed Ruscha was born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1937. He lives and works in Venice, California. William Wegman was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts in 1943. He lives and works in New York and Maine. Lawrence Weiner was born in New York City in 1942. He lives and works in New York.