Chicago | Los Angeles | Miami | New York | San Francisco | Santa Fe
Amsterdam | Berlin | Brussels | London | Paris | São Paulo | Toronto | China | India | Worldwide
San Francisco

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Exhibition Detail
Ballet of Heads: The Figure in the Collection
2625 Durant Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94720-2250

May 17th, 2013 - August 25th, 2013
May 17th, 2013 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Barrel of Fun, Reginald MarshReginald Marsh, Barrel of Fun,
1943, Maroger medium on panel, 24 x 30 in.; Bequest of Felicia Meyer Marsh. 1979.4.1
© Photo: Sibila Savage
East Bay
Please note that the BAM/PFA Galleries are closed from December 22, 2014 through 2015 as we move to our new building in downtown Berkeley, opening in early 2016.
UC Berkeley (University of California Berkeley)
sculpture, mixed-media

The human figure has been a locus of artistic innovation and expression since the very first artworks were made. This focused presentation mines the permanent collection, bringing together paintings, sculptures, and works on paper that demonstrate the inexhaustible variety and texture of the human form in art. Seeking to explore the polymorphous nature of the figure, Ballet of Heads puts into dialogue the Baroque canvases of Peter Paul Rubens, the American Regionalism of Thomas Hart Benton, the colorful near abstractions of Asger Jorn and Hans Hofmann, the sharp angles and loose contours of George Grosz and Max Beckmann, the tormented personages of Francis Bacon, and the humorous critique found in the drawings of Raymond Pettibon. 

The exhibition takes as its point of departure the work of Nicole Eisenman, on view in MATRIX 248, teasing out many of the threads found in her paintings and works on paper—a blending of seemingly oppositional categories such as social realism, abstraction, folk art, and popular comics—and contextualizing it in the process. Eisenman cites many of the artists included as important influences, such as Théodore Géricault and Pablo Picasso, while the work of more recent artists, including as Joan Brown, Abraham Walkowitz, and Sue Coe, share striking affinities to Eisenman’s own.

Copyright © 2006-2013 by ArtSlant, Inc. All images and content remain the © of their rightful owners.