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The Perception of Appearance: A Decade of Contemporary American Figure Drawing

June 29 - Sept. 22, 2002

 

The Perception of Appearance features over 100 works by more than fifty contemporary figurative artists from across the nation, among them Chuck Close, Steven Assael, William Beckman, Kent Bellows, Vincent Desiderio, Jane Fisher, Sydney Goodman, Susan Hauptman, and James Valerio. This exhibition encompasses expressions of the human condition, both subtle and extreme, in a variety of media, including graphite, charcoal ink, markers, acrylic, and colored pencil. On view June 29 - Sept. 22, 2002, The Perception of Appearance is organized by the Frye Art Museum with guest curator and artist, Norman Lundin.

The scope of subject matter extends from nudes to narrative, while styles range from spontaneous to painstaking renderings. The wide range of movements, linear rhythms, and points of view depicted with technical virtuosity and extraordinary draughtsmanship are evident with this new generation of artists. (right: Ira Korman, The Chinese Chair, 1999, charcoal on paper, 22.75 x 29.5 inches, Courtesy of Koplin Gallery)

Considered one of the most intimate and sensitive of art practices, the drawing of the human figure has been employed from antiquity to the present for both aesthetic and practical purposes. Debra Byrne, exhibitions curator for the Frye comments that, "While serving as the educational foundation for the visual arts, a spirit of innovation and originality characterizes figure drawing, due to the infinite variety that can be achieved with the sparest of means. The Frye is organizing this important exhibition as a way to recognize and celebrate the many ways that contemporary artists renew and expand the expressive potential of this art form."

The Perception of Appearance is curated by Norman Lundin, an artist and professor of figure drawing and painting at the University of Washington for more than thirty years. Lundin's art has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago, among other distinguished art institutions. As an artist and an academic, he is well-versed in the language of drawing and in the process of artistic creation. A fully illustrated and annotated catalogue, with an essay by Lundin, will accompany the exhibition and will be available in the museum store.

 

Editor's note: For the benefit of RL readers, following is additional information about the catalogue The Perception of Appearance: A Decade of Contemporary American Figure Drawing by Norman Lundin, including an image of the cover of the catalogue, courtesy of Amazon.com:

Considered one of the most sensitive of art practices, the drawing of the human figure has been employed from antiquity to the present for both aesthetic and practical purposes. While long serving as the educational foundation for western art, a spirit of innovation and originality characterizes the production and reception of figure drawing because of the infinite variety that can be achieved with the sparest of means. Contemporary artists, as strongly evidenced through text and image in The Perception of Appearance, continue to renew and expand the expressive potential of one of the oldest art forms. Readers can take geat pleasure in assessing current concepts and debates surrounding issues of perception, obeserve the wide range of movements, linear rhythms, and points of view, and have a reference for important contemporary artists.
 
The Perception of Appearance includes 108 contemporary American figure drawings along with a detailed biographical index of the artists, including Wayne Thiebaud, David Levine, Nathan Oliveira, Susanna Coffey, Graham Nickson, Elizabeth Ockwell, and Thomas Cornell, among many others.

The book contains 144 pages ISBN: 0295982829

Also see a brief biography of Norman Lundin from the Seattle Academy of Fine Art.

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