Face to Face: Los Angeles Collects Portraiture

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Jul 12 2017 - Oct 1 2017

Face to Face: Los Angeles Collects Portraiture offers new perspectives on one of art's oldest genres. In the age of social media, when the demand to represent our selves has become a daily imperative, portraiture is more ubiquitous than ever and constantly evolving. In depicting the most familiar element of our identity--the human face--artists allow us to glimpse some measure of a subject's character, personal biography, social status, and emotional state, and more broadly, offer insight into the human condition. Drawn from LA-based collections, the more than forty works in this exhibition demonstrate changing approaches to portraiture from 1984--CAAM's founding--until today.

Bringing historic and more recent works together in a range of mediums, the exhibition is arranged around shared gestures, composition, and subject matter. This thematic organization allows the works speak to each other in new and unexpected ways, looking across generations and contexts to explore the continued and even renewed significance of the human figure in art.

Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.         

  • Various Media
  • International
  • Portrait
  • Lyle Ashton Harris
  • Titus Kaphar
  • Amy Sherald
  • Mickalene Thomas
  • Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
  • and others

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