American 20th-21st Century Portraits and Figurative Art


This section of the Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) catalogue Topics in American Art is devoted to the topic "American 20th-21st Century Portraits and Figurative Art." Articles and essays specific to this topic published in TFAO's Resource Library are listed at the beginning of the section. Clicking on titles takes readers directly to the articles and essays. The date at the end of each title is the date of publication in Resource Library.

Following the listing of Resource Library articles and essays is the heading "TFAO references." Periodically TFAO conducts keyword searches from the Resource Library homepage relating to this topic. The count of pages within Resource Library citing the keywords indicates breadth of coverage in Resource Library for this topic. We recommend that researchers always search within Resource Library for additional material. Please see TFAO's page How to research topics not listed for more information.

After "TFAO references" are links to online resources found outside the TFAO website. Online resources are gathered from TFAO catalogues. Following online resources is information about offline resources including museums, DVDs, and paper-printed books, journals and articles. Our goal is to present complete knowledge relating to this section of Topics in American Art.

TFAO welcomes volunteers to further the broadening of knowledge related to this topic. To learn more about TFAO's many volunteer opportunities please click here. Volunteers are welcome to contribute suggestions for additional content in this catalogue. Please see Catalogue and database management for details.


Articles and essays from Resource Library in chronological order:


Click here for more articles and essays on this subject published in:




TFAO references:

A 11/29/13 search within TFAO's digital library retrieved:


From other websites:

A Broken Beauty: Figuration, Narrative and the Transcendent in North American Art, from Laguna Art Museum. Accessed 3/14. go to Focus on the Figure: Southern California Artists (1850-1950) sells a great many of the American art books in print. Amazon has a feature that allows people on the Web to read text inside books. To use this feature, search in "books," then enter title of book. When book is selected go to "look inside" and read sample pages of the book selected, which may include color images of the front cover, front flap, table of contents, excerpt such as the introduction chapter, alphabetical index, back flap and back cover. Also, some books have a word search feature, which enables registered individuals to search inside the books and pull up individual pages containing the selected words. [Click here for more on's project and other digitizing initiatives.] See the following books: Bay Area Figurative Art: 1950-1965 by Caroline A. Jones (search inside); Celebrity Caricature in America by Wendy Wick Reaves

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.

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 May, 2014

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

From American Society of Portrait Artists see The National Academy: A Legacy of Fine Arts, by Jennifer Hebblethwaite and Art and Law: Derivative Works And Copyright · Painting from Another's Photograph; by Mary Ann Fergus

"Art, AIDS, and Ethics" by Kate Scannell, MD., Virtual Mentor. April 2006, Volume 8, Number 4: 271-276. Accessed 3/14.

Everett Raymond Kinstler: Pulps to Portraits, June 14 - September 28, 2012 from Bellarmine Museum of Art Accessed 3/14

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.

Hope Gangloff: Love Letters, an exhibit held January 30 to June 5, 2011 at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art Accessed 4/14

Jenny Dubnau: Head On, an exhibit held January 30 to June 5, 2011 at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art Accessed 4/14

Picturing Identity: The Allure of Portraiture, an exhibit held November 17, 2012 - February 17, 2013 at the Figge Art Museum. Includes image. Accessed 9/14.

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

From National Portrait Gallery (US) 

Frank Lobdell Figure Drawings, an exhibit held November 11, 2009 - February 21, 2010 at the Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University. Includes press release. Accessed June, 2014

Go to Figurative and Portrait Art: 18-19th Century, 19-20th Century, 20-21st Century

Return to Topics in American Representational Art


TFAO extends appreciation to Rick Delanty for suggestions of content for this page.

TFAO catalogues:

Individual pages in each catalogue are continuously amended as TFAO adds content, corrects errors and reorganizes sections for improved readability. Refreshing or reloading pages enables readers to view the latest updates.

Links to sources of information outside of our web site are provided only as referrals for your further consideration. Please use due diligence in judging the quality of information contained in these and all other web sites. Information from linked sources may be inaccurate or out of date. TFAO neither recommends or endorses these referenced organizations. Although TFAO includes links to other web sites, it takes no responsibility for the content or information contained on those other sites, nor exerts any editorial or other control over them. For more information on evaluating web pages see TFAO's General Resources section in Online Resources for Collectors and Students of Art History.

Search Resource Library

Copyright 2015 Traditional Fine Arts Organization, Inc., an Arizona nonprofit corporation. All rights reserved.