tagged: portraiture

Reflecting on History While Presenting a History of Perception

by Edo Dijksterhuis
The history of eyeglasses goes back almost a thousand years. In his , dated 1021, the Arab scientist Alhazen had already mentioned the use of a convex lens to enlarge images. The translation of this treatise into Latin led to the invention of magnifying glasses held together by a frame in thirteenth century Italy. The earliest depiction of someone wearing glasses, Tommaso da Modena’s portrait of a Dominican cardinal, dates from 1352. Since then corrective eyewear has been scarce in painting.... [more]
Posted by Edo Dijksterhuis on 6/8/16

Piecing It All Together: Nathaniel Mary Quinn Transfigures a Shattered World

by Sola Agustsson
Nathaniel Mary Quinn’s fragmented portraits recall his childhood growing up in the Robert Taylor Homes, a notorious housing project in Chicago. His new series , now on view at M+B in Los Angeles, features highly personal works that reflect on his upbringing and the people he knew who were able to escape the violence and poverty so many experienced in the now demolished project. Though his pieces resemble collages, they are in fact improvised paintings. Quinn does not do initial sketches of his... [more]
Posted by Sola Agustsson on 5/31/16

The Sublime Delinquency of Barbara Rossi’s Poor Traits

by Stephanie Cristello
There is nothing reductive or insignificant about Barbara Rossi’s , a collection of paintings under the homophonic title that refers to the artist’s portrait-like compositions, currently on view in the DePaul Art Museum’s second floor galleries. In a series of graphite drawings from the late 1960s and reverse Plexiglas paintings from the early 1970s, Rossi’s works are some of the more enigmatic examples of the Chicago Imagists. As this exhibition makes clear, Rossi’s twentieth century... [more]
Posted by Stephanie Cristello on 5/24/16

Annie Leibovitz's WOMEN in 2016: Does Success Mean Celebrity?

by Char Jansen
“Ask me anything—I’m not afraid of anything, anymore,” Annie Leibovitz told a room packed with cameras and journalists who had flown in from around the world for the grand opening of at the Wapping Hydraulic Power Station in East London, the first stint in a world-touring exhibition. It was a rare audience with a woman who is now as famous as many of the famous people she has photographed. Yet hyperbole is necessary when talking about the portraits Annie Leibovitz has created throughout her... [more]
Posted by Char Jansen on 1/19/16

What Do We See in Their Eyes? 22 Years Later, Documenting Watts

by Edo Dijksterhuis
“These photographs are actually racist.” I was shocked, to put it mildly, to hear my friend deliver this verdict of the Dana Lixenberg show at Huis Marseille. How could she say this of a body of work universally applauded for offering a respectful alternative to the stereotypical depictions of African-Americans? “They all look aggressive and arrogant, even the babies, and there’s hatred of white people in their eyes,” she retorted. “Lixenberg made them pose that way, so she’s responsible for... [more]
Posted by Edo Dijksterhuis on 1/8/16

David Stewart Wins the UK's Biggest Photographic Portrait Prize

by Char Jansen
David Stewart was awarded the £12,000 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2015 last night at an awards ceremony at the National Portrait Gallery, where his portrait will be on display alongside a selection chosen from almost 5,000 entries, at an exhibition running until February 21, 2016. Stewart's winning entry is a restaged photograph of his 2008 entry of his daughter and friends after completing their university degrees. It's the 16th time Stewart's work has been selected for the... [more]
Posted by Char Jansen on 11/11/15

Amir H. Fallah Creates a Portrait in Cactus and Lava Lamps in The Caretaker

by Danna Lorch
Amir H. Fallah’s portraits resemble the site of an archaeological dig. When Howard Carter discovered King Tut’s tomb, the young pharaoh’s body was wrapped in shrouds with his material possessions painstakingly arranged around him. Likewise, Fallah incorporates everyday objects from a subject’s home into ornate, unconventional portraits that obscure the figure’s face, finding profound connections in the seemingly mundane and charm in the ugly. It’s not coincidental that much of his work... [more]
Posted by Danna Lorch on 8/25/15

Paris Tear Sheets: Breaking Bread

by Lara Atallah
You can find more information about ArtSlant's Georgia Fee Artist/Writer Residency here.   About a year ago, I attended a lecture by David Alan Harvey, one of photography's most well spoken orators, who is both poignant and fiercely dedicated to the medium. I remember him saying that in order to get to the crux of a person’s story, you should break bread with them, live with them for a few days and build an intimate connection. Intimacy is an act of bravery. It requires transcending... [more]
Posted by Lara Atallah on 8/9/15

Making a Memento: Chicago Artists Group Portrait, 2015

by James Pepper Kelly
On Saturday I go to the granite steps of the MCA with several hundred others for Chicago Artists Group Portrait, 2015. The weather’s kinda perfect: sunny, with big cadillacs of clouds rolling by every couple minutes to keep us cool. Down front Jason Lazarus, dressed all in white and holding a megaphone, paces, checks the time. Jason’s an artist/educator/proselytizer of collective action, a well-known/liked artist about town. We’re all here to become history, to legitimize our self-definitions,... [more]
Posted by James Pepper Kelly on 6/24/15

Chronicles of a Fleeting Culture

by Lara Atallah
Famed for her portrayal of the upper class in New York, New England, and Long Island, Tina Barney’s work is an ethnographic study of the bourgeoisie. The eleven works on view in this retrospective are snapshots from a play where if one stares long enough, one might hear the muffled dialogue of Barney’s subjects travel through time. With shots capturing characters in mid-motion, such as  (1985), the viewer is pulled into the scene right before a significant event is about to occur. At first... [more]
Posted by Lara Atallah on 5/18/15
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