How a Group of Artists Are Revitalizing One of Art’s Most Classic Subjects
As artists have been proving since the early 20th century—with Gallery 1261. In an expansive group exhibition this spring, the gallery presents paintings by artists focusing on one of the most timeless subjects in all of art history: the human figure.
Titled “Figurative I,” the exhibition includes wide-ranging approaches to the human figure, and to painting itself. A number of the compositions feature nudes, among the most fundamental ways of portraying the body. In
The exhibition also includes a generous selection of portraits, of the artists themselves and of others.
Images of children also grace many of these canvases. explained. “This conflict gave me struggle, and the struggle kept painting alive for me.” Xeus, of course, speaks only for himself. But as the works on view seem to suggest, his sentiment could be shared by the rest of the diverse artists in this show.
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