GIVING FACE Portraits for a New Generation
Nicholas Robinson Gallery is pleased to announce the second exhibition in its new lower gallery exhibition
space with the exhibition GIVING FACE Portraits for a New Generation, curated by Stephen Heighton .
The portraits in the show exemplify different idioms of representation in the context of the current
vernacular. The mediums range from embroidery by artist Cayce Zavaglia to photorealism by James Everett
Stanley, to the whimsical angel head by Randy Polumbo; from Skylar Fein’s Washington (7UP) post-modern
pop art to Nina Chanel Abney’s portrait of President Obama, which was painted for the cover of Newsweek to
commemorate his inauguration in January 2009. Each explores differing polemics through the varied use of
irony, literal documentation, satire, pathos and humor, amongst others.
The show illustrates the contemporary relevance of portrait painting by
demonstrating the continued proclivity of artist’s to politicize this most
traditional of formats. Examples include Liz Markus’ portrait of Nancy
Reagan, Nick Cave’s portrait of Abraham Lincoln, and Charles
Browning’s portrait of a Native American warrior.
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