American 20th-21st Century Figurative Painting - Miscellaneous

Online information from sources other than Resource Library

with an emphasis on representational art


A Broken Beauty: Figuration, Narrative and the Transcendent in North American Art, from Laguna Art Museum. Accessed August, 2015.

Focus on the Figure: Southern California Artists (1850-1950) from Accessed August, 2015.

"Art, AIDS, and Ethics" by Kate Scannell, MD., Virtual Mentor. April 2006, Volume 8, Number 4: 271-276. Accessed August, 2015.

As It Happened: Works by Sanit Khewhok, an exhibit held July 08, 2010 - October 10, 2010 at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. Accessed January, 2015

Braceros - Melding History and Art is a 2019 exhibit at the Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art which says: "Sculptor Diana Le Marbe and painter Jeri Desrochers have teamed up to depict an often overlooked period of immigrant history under the Braceros Labor Contract from Mexico (1942-1964)."  Also see 2/2/18 article in and Jeri Desrochers website Accessed 3/20

Charles Garabedian: A Retrospective, an exhibit held January 22 - May 1, 2011 at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Includes illustrated press release. Accessed April, 2015.

Dark Matter: Paintings by Kenneth Nicholson is a 2017 exhibit at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art which says: "Kenneth Nicholson's narrative paintings depict extreme melodrama and disrupt traditional figure/background interplay, releasing the character's inner drama into the negative space."  Also see artist's website  Accessed 1/18

The Discerning Eye: Scintillating Paintings from Rodney Burlingame, an exhibit held January 26 - May 3, 2014 at the Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art on the Fayette campus of Central Methodist University. Search online for an 8-minute gallery tour of the exhibit with narrative by the artist. Accesssed January, 2016.

Distinguished Visiting Artist: Robert Taylor is a 2017 exhibit at the Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art which says: "Taylor's paintings often depict figures from Native American life at the end of the reservation era, around the turn of the twentieth century, but his interest in mysticism often gives the work an enigmatic tone."  Accessed 12/17

El Mac: Aerosol Exalted was a 2015-16 exhibit at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, which says: "El Mac began painting with acrylics and painting graffiti in the mid '90s, when his primary focus became the life-like rendering of human faces and figures. El Mac has since worked consistently toward developing his unique rendering style, which utilizes repeating contour lines reminiscent of ripples, turning patterns and indigenous North American art."

Enduring Spirit: The Art of Tyrone Geter is a 2017 exhibit at the Columbia Museum of Art which says: "Columbia African-American artist Tyrone Geter debuts an all-new series of large-scale charcoal and pastel drawings in this one-person show of approximately two dozen works. Geter's work is heavily influenced by his mother, who grew up in the early 20th century amid racial discrimination, poverty, and illiteracy." Presentation includes multimedia tap tour. Also see the artist's website. Accessed 4/17

E. Roscoe Shrader, an exhibit held October 31, 2010-January 23, 2011 at the Laguna Art Museum. Includes online curator's lecture video. Accessed February, 2015.

Exotic Muses: Dancers by Robert Henri and Nick Cave, an exhibit held January 24 - July 8, 2012 at the Mead Art Museum. Includes audio clips interpreting artworks in the exhibit. Accessed February, 2015

The Expressionist Figure  is a 2019 exhibit at the  Kalamazoo Institute of Arts  which says: "Abstract Expressionism, first developed in the 1940s, was the first specifically American movement to achieve international influence and put New York City at the center of the western art world. In an almost immediate reaction, a group of painters began reintroducing the figure into this high-energy postwar movement."   Accessed 5/19 Figurative

Hayv Kahraman: Acts of Reparation is a 2017 exhibit at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis which says: "Fueled by her experience as an Iraqi immigrant, Kahraman is concerned with the multitude rather than the self." Also see artist's website  Accessed 11/17

Fay Jones: Painted Fictions, an exhibit held November 18, 2006 - January 20, 2007 at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University. Includes News Release and Educator Resources. Accessed January, 2015.

Figure Study: The Fourteenth Street School and the Woman in Public, an exhibit held August 26 - December 23, 2011 at The Fralin Museum of Art, University of Virginia. Texts include exhibit labels. Accessed May, 2014

Firelei Báez: Bloodlines is a 2017 exhibit at the Andy Warhol Museum which says: "Bloodlines showcases paintings and drawings depicting textiles, hair designs, and body ornaments, linking symbols of power with human gestures. The work is labor intensive, delicate, rich in color, and presents female subjects as strongly connected to both a past and present understanding of race." Also see artist's website. Accessed 3/17

Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry is a 2017 exhibit at the Jewish Museum which says: "Through over 50 paintings and drawings, a selection of costume and theater designs, photographs and ephemera, as well as critically acclaimed poems, the Jewish Museum will offer a timely reconsideration of this important American artist, revealing Stettheimer's singular and often satiric vision and significant role in American modern art. The exhibition highlights the artist's distinctly personal style of painting, Stettheimer's position amidst New York's artistic elite and avant-gardes, and her continued influence on artistic practice today." Also see press release, wall text, labels and illustrated checklist  Accessed 6/17

Francesco Clemente: Dormiveglia is a 2016-17 exhibit at the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, which says: "Each canvas is painted in a washed pastel palette and depicts a statuesque, classically draped goddess-like figure that hovers between land and sea, antiquity and modernity, the sublime and the grotesque." Accessed 11/16

Frank Lobdell Figure Drawings, an exhibit held November 11, 2009 - February 21, 2010 at the Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University. Includes press release. Accessed August, 2015.

Hope Gangloff: Love Letters, an exhibit held January 30 to June 5, 2011 at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art. Accessed August, 2015.

Inventing America: Rockwell and Warhol is a 2017 exhibit at the Norman Rockwell Museum which says: "Inventing America: Rockwell and Warhol is the first exhibition linking Norman Rockwell and Andy Warhol, two iconic visual communicators who embraced populism, shaped national identity, and opened new ways of seeing in twentieth century America."  Also see press release Accessed 8/17

Jenny Dubnau: Head On, an exhibit held January 30 to June 5, 2011 at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art. Accessed August, 2015.

Joan Brown / Matrix 24 is a 1979 exhibit at the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive which says: " Brown is an important participant in an artistic push of the last decade toward a rich, content-laden, figurative imagery. Unlike earlier precedents, Brown's style has been rendered with the simplest, almost primitive, visual means and with an emphasis on the single, highly evocative and immediately apprehendable image."  Also see entry in Wikipedia. Accessed 3/17

John Paul Jones, an exhibit held October 31, 2010-January 23, 2011 at the Laguna Art Museum. Includes online panel discussion video. Accessed February, 2015.

Jose Alvarez (D.O.P.A.), Krome is a 2016-17 exhibit at the Boca Raton Museum of Art which says: "Alvarez was detained in Krome Detention Center in Miami for identity theft for two months in 2012. During this time he created a series of portraits of his fellow detainees using ballpoint pens and whatever paper he could find." Accessed 2/17

Juliette Aristides: Observations, an exhibit held August 10 - September 14, 2013 at the Reading Public Museum. Includes online audio. Accessed April, 2015.

Just My Type: Angela Dufresne is a 2019 exhibit at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art which says: " In Angela Dufresne's hands, a face is sometimes stretched to its absolute limits, becoming landscape, becoming monstrous, becoming pure color."   Also see artist's website   Accessed 4/19

Kehinde Wiley: Memling, an exhibit held July 11, 2014 - October 5, 2014 at the Taft Museum of Art. Includes online video and Portico article. Accessed April, 2015.

Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic was held June 11 - September 5, 2016 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Information from the press release, plus more, is here. Accessed Sept., 2016

Laura Owens is a 2017 exhibit at the Whitney Museum of American Art which says: "Her bold and experimental work challenges traditional assumptions about figuration and abstraction, as well as the relationships among avant-garde art, craft, pop culture, and technology."  Also see press release and artist's website Accessed 12/17

Les Caison III: Looking Up. an exhibit held December 5, 2014 - March 21, 2015 at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University. Includes gallery guide. Accessed December, 2015.

Louise Blair Daura: A Virginian in Paris is a 2017 exhibit at the Georgia Museum of Art which says: "Louise Blair Daura was an accomplished, yet understudied figure whose work and life provide a window into the artistic milieu of her time, especially the challenges faced by women artists."  - To read more after exhibit closes, go to "Past Exhibitions" section of museum website.  Accessed 11/17

Lowell Herrero: Origins of an Original is a 2018 exhibit at the Napa Valley Museum which says: "Portraying plump figures in the lavender fields and sinuous groves of olive trees, his work defined Napa Valley's popular image. Now on the 10th anniversary of the Museum's last Herrero retrospective, we examine his life, work, and the works of artists who influenced the valley's legendary 'Lavender Man.'" Also see artist's website.  Accessed 8/18

Margaret Bowland: Painting The Roses Red is a 2018 exhibit at the Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh which says: "Bowland often paints her subjects with their faces or bodies covered in make up. This act of concealment, this act of transformation, is a metaphor for the way in which the world attempts to change people's identities and keep them from being exactly who they are." Also see artist's website  Accessed 5/18

Matthew Rolston: Talking Heads is a 2018 exhibit at the Greenville County Museum of Art which says: "The exhibition Matthew Rolston: Talking Heads is comprised of monumental color portraits of dummies chosen from a collection of nearly seven hundred ventriloquist dolls (dating from 1820 to 1980) housed at the Vent Haven Museum in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky." Also see website of artist. Accessed 5/20

Mickalene Thomas: I Can't See You Without Me is a 2018 exhibit at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio State University which says: "With a special focus on the artist's opulent, grandly scaled paintings, I Can't See You Without Me looks at four of the most significant muses in Thomas's work spanning 2001-2018: her late mother, Sandra; her former girlfriend Maya; her current partner, Racquel; and the artist herself."  Accessed 10/18

M. Louise Stanley / Matrix 14 is a 1978 exhibit at the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive which says: "Either through their narrative action, figurative distortion or scale in relation to the overall image, many of the women in Stanley's works have a powerful and assertive appearance, even the ones feigning innocence."  Also see artist's website. Accessed 3/17

Ola Rondiak - BEHIND THE LINES is a 2017 exhibit at the Delaware Contemporary which says: "Ola Rondiak's paintings stem from her family's experiences living in Ukraine during the historical events of WWII, Stalin's Iron Curtain, the Orange Revolution, and the Revolution of Dignity in 2014." Also see artist's website.   Accessed 9/17

Phyllis Bramson: Under the Pleasure Dome is a 2016 exhibit at the Chicago Cultural Center which says: "Phyllis Bramson is an enigmatic and influential artist and professor in the Chicago art world. Her lush colors, coy figuration and wholehearted embrace of the decorative in the service of masterfully composed assemblages and paintings that draw the viewer ever further in to many layered stories are continuous threads in her decades long practice of artmaking and teaching."  Also see 3/19/17 article in Chicago Tribune and artist's website. Accessed 3/17

Population by Ray Turner is a 2013 exhibit at the Huntington Museum of Art which says: "Population entices the viewer to decipher each sitter individually ­ the facial features, expressions, and emotions as captured in Turner's sculptural brushwork ­ as well as search for relationships across the entire group of works." Accessed 3/17

Red Grooms: What's the Ruckus? an exhibit held June 29 - October 20, 2013 at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. Includes curator's essay and links to reviews. Accessed August, 2015.

Reframing the Picture, Reclaiming the Past is a 2017 exhibit at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum which says: "This exhibition of contemporary art will depict the black body as part of an ongoing conversation in which the contemporary works "talk back" so to speak, with the historic works presented in The Black Figure in the European Imaginary." Accessed 2/17

Salvatore Del Deo: Faces & Figures 1969 - 2012, an exhibit held February 6 - March 9, 2014 at the Cape Cod Museum of Art. Accessed August, 2015.

Toxic Beauty: The Art of Frank Moore, an exhibit held Spetember 6 - December 8, 2012 at the Grey Art Gallery of New York University. Includes two films, press release and checklist. One of the films is a 48-minute Frank Moore illustrated lecture at the Skowhegan School of Painting, 1998. Accessed December 2015.

Trevor Southey: Reconciliation, an exhibit held October 21, 2010 through February 13, 2011 at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts at University of Utah. Includes video. Accessed May, 2015.

Visual Duet - Art by Anne and Dan Thornhill is a 2017 exhibit at the South Arkansas Arts Center  which says: "Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Anne, a lifetime artist, found that art allowed her to deal with stress and anxiety....Dan has a unique flair with color and creative design."  Accessed 8/17

Will Barnet: Family Homage is a 2017 exhibit at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art which says: " Entwining figurative and abstract elements with personal and universal themes, Barnet's practice charts an extraordinary progression through 20th Century American painting. Will Barnet: Family Homage features 29 rarely exhibited paintings drawn from the artist's most personal body of work, those retained by his family and a foundation created in his name."  Accessed 9/17

Woodmere Art Museum provides online the 42-page catalogue for Just In: Martha Mayer Erlebacher, an exhibit held at the museum January 11 - March 2, 2014. Accessed May, 2015.


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