UNIVERSITY ART MUSEUM, CSU LONG BEACH
|The University Art Museum presents:
"Likeness: Portraits of Artists by Other Artists"
August 30-October 30, 2005
Reception, September 7, 6-8 pm
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The University Art Museum is pleased to present the traveling exhibition Likeness: Portraits of Artists by Other Artists, on view from August 30 to October 30, 2005. This is a stellar exhibition and a must see for all enthusiasts interested in contemporary art.
|Likeness is the first exhibition to consider a recent history of artists’ representations of other artistswhether peers, colleagues or idols. The group exhibition features approximately 60 visually striking and conceptually diverse works in a range of mediums. The exhibition embraces a variety of approaches to portraiture made during the past three decades by a loose network of artists active in Los Angeles, New York, London, Berlin and elsewhere. Artists in the exhibition include AA Bronson, Edgar Bryan, Chuck Close, Sam Durant, Nan Goldin, Mike Kelley, Robert Mapplethorpe, Dave Muller, Elizabeth Peyton, Richard Prince, James Welling, and others. Likeness is a traveling exhibition co-organized by the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts and Independent Curators International (ICI), and curated by Matthew Higgs, Director of White Columns in New York. The exhibition is accompanied by a 72-page catalogue with 38 illustrations, and includes essays by Matthew Higgs, artists David Robbins and San Francisco writer Kevin Killian. The catalogue is co-published by CCA Wattis Institute and Independent Curators International.
The exhibition seeks to reveal the social dynamics of certain recent contemporary art milieus. In addition to conventional approaches to portraiture, the works in Likeness include experimental interpretations of the genre, such as Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s text-based 1991 portrait, which lists decisive personal events in the life of his friend Julie Ault. The selection of artists and works embraces a wide range of artistic positions and practices. Julian Opie’s This is Fiona, (at right), is a digitally animated portrait of the painter Fiona Rae. “The portrait exists as both a documentan evidential artifactand a highly subjective, often ambiguous record of the relationship between artists and their subjects,” says curator Matthew Higgs.
ARTISTS IN THE EXHIBITION