Kansas City, MO
This collection of works features contemporary objects from the 1960s to today with varying presentations of the human figure. Although artists have depicted the human figure for millennia, 20th-century movements such as Conceptual art, Minimalism, and Abstract Expressionism moved away from the time-honored practice of figurative art. Our current moment is rich with a resurgence of diverse artists working with the figure.
Art history has seldom elevated works of art that feature people of color or their stories. The contemporary artists of color included in The Contemporary Figure are utilizing a traditional artistic style to communicate critical dialogues surrounding race and representation. Figural art has the capacity to communicate narrative, social critique, historical moments, and the complexities of human emotion and identity. Featuring new acquisitions by artists Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Vanessa German, and Simone Leigh.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website