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"Representing LA: Contemporary Representational Artists from Los Angeles"
2001-12-09 until 2001-02-11
Frye Art Museum
Seattle, WA, USA

Representing LA explores the rich and varied phenomena of representational painting, drawing, print- making, and sculpture created by Southern California artists since 1990. Guest curator Gordon Fuglie, director of Loyola Marymount University1s Laband Art Gallery in Los Angeles, discovered a strong and vital thread of figurative, realist, illusionist, fantasy, and narrative art being produced by a large number of Los Angeles-area artists.

Much of the work engages the viewer with startling reconfigurations of familiar subjects and themes. In doing so, the artists included in the exhibition have revitalized a number of genres long thought passť in contemporary art, such as portraiture and narrative painting, often with an ironic twist.

Fuglie has organized the exhibition into nine areas: the image of the artist, imagining selfhood, expressions of the body, new portraiture, the city, landscape, still life, narrative strategies, and the spiritual realm. In sensibility, the representational work in this exhibition covers the neotraditional to the conceptual, the heart-on-the-sleeve to the sardonic, the ambiguous to the factual, the nitty-gritty to the beautiful.

The exhibition fills a gap in West Coast and Southern California art history as the Wrst major survey of the work of eighty artists in a variety of representational styles and approaches. Among the better- known artists in Representing LA are Peter Alexander, Llyn Foulkes, Robert Graham, D. J. Hall, Jim Morphesis, John Nava, John Register, Alison Saar, Jon Swihart, Ruth Weisberg, and Robert Williams. After its Frye debut, the exhibition will travel to the South Texas Institute of Art, Corpus Christi, Texas, in 2001.

An extensively illustrated, full color, 76 page catalogue with essays by guest curator Gordon Fuglie will be available in the museum store.

IMAGE:
Christian Vincent,
Self-Projection, 1997,
oil on linen,
56 x 70 in.
Collection of James and Vizma Sarnoff.
All rights reserved.


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