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Facing Abstraction: Refiguring the Body in the Twentieth Century

August 27, 2006 - December 01, 2006

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Much of twentieth century art has been measured in relation to the development of abstraction. By the 1950s many Abstract Expressionist painters viewed the idea of three-dimensional representation on a two-dimensional surface as suspect, questioning the very relevance of representational imagery at all. Facing Abstraction traces an alternate art history, one in which faces and figures, although abstracted and distorted (and even sometimes barely recognizable), remained essential. The exhibition includes thirty-eight works in a variety of styles by artists ranging from Alexander Archipenko, Milton Avery, Joan Brown, Jean Dubuffet, Alberto Giacometti, Rufino Tamayo, to Larry Rivers. The works are drawn from the Neuberger Museum of Art’s rich collection of paintings, prints, and sculpture. Curated by Tracy Fitzpatrick, Neuberger Museum Adjunct Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. This exhibition was organized by the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York. It was funded, in part, by The New York State Council for the Arts, a State agency; the Friends of the Neuberger Museum of Art; and the Westchester Arts Council.