The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Wednesday, September 18, 2019

American Portraits showcase renowned and historic holding from the Parrish collection
Tina Barney (American, born 1945), The Dresser, 2003. Chromogenic color print, ed. #1/5 37 3/4 x 29 1/2 UF, 41 x 33 F. Promised Gift of Charles Cowles.

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y.- American Portraits: Treasures from the Parrish Art Museum, the fourth in a series of special exhibitions drawn exclusively from the Parrish’s collection, will showcase some of the truly exceptional works of art in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, and photography that illustrate the many and varied ways in which artists approach portraiture. The exhibition, organized by Alicia Longwell, Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Chief Curator, Art and Education, will open October 16 and remain on view through November 27.

William Sidney Mount’s Portrait of Mrs. Manice (1833) is the earliest painting in the Parrish collection and a strong example of the importance of portrait painting in the early years of the nation, assigning both status and prominence to the sitter. Mount painted many of Long Island’s best known citizens, and this work, while recalling Renaissance models, remains resolutely American. William Merritt Chase made his reputation in painting in the late nineteenth century, becoming the most highly-regarded and prolific portrait painter of his day. Yet, it is the intimate portraits of his family that are his finest achievements, and the exhibition will include outstanding examples from the Parrish’s renowned holdings.

Fairfield Porter’s mid-twentieth century depictions of his family in domestic settings often impart a psychological portrait .Their house on South Main Street in the Village of Southampton was the setting for many of these works. Photographer Dawoud Bey’s astonishing four-part 20 x 24 Polaroid portrait Anthony (1999), made during an artist’s residency at the Parrish, brings multiple facets of the sitter, a Southampton teenager, into sharper focus. And a telling portrait by Elizabeth Peyton of her friend and fellow artist Ben Brunnemer, Ben Drawing (2001), a colored-pencil sketch on hotel stationery, deftly captures the moment of artistic creativity.

American Portraits provides visitors to the Parrish with a rare opportunity to explore the context in which these works of art were created. Whether couched in the historical mores of the times, as in Avedon’s trenchant photographic portrait of the Generals of the Daughters of the American Revolution; expressed through intimate and deeply emotional connections, such as Porter’s oil portraits of his wife, the distinguished American poet Anne Channing Porter; or conveyed through a more distanced, almost abstract mode, as seen in Chuck Close’s drawing of his mother-in-law, Fanny, made up entirely of the artist’s own ink fingerprints, the collective works show how a diverse array of artists have addressed the themes and concepts of portraiture.

Self-portraits in the exhibition include wonderful examples by William King and Joe Zucker that expand in ways both revealing and droll on the nature of the creative process. The exhibition will probe the notion that every portrait is in many ways a self-portrait of the artist, revealing as much about the maker as the sitter.

Physical attributes are recorded, certainly, but what remains most telling is the artist’s ability to convey mood, sentiment, and emotion. Mary Ellen Mark’s arresting 1989 photographic portrait of a young Indian girl standing waist-deep in the Ganges is able to convey at once the personal and the political.

American Portraits: Treasures from the Parrish Art Museum will explore tradition and innovation in the history of portrait painting, bringing together some seventy-five works from the Museum’s holdings, including, in addition to those already mentioned, works by Mary Abbott, Peggy Bacon, Tina Barney, Adam Bartos, Reynolds Beal, David Burliuk, Robert De Niro, Lydia Field Emmet, Joe Fig, Alex Katz, Frederick Kiesler, William King, Lester Johnson, Elie Nadelman, Larry Rivers, Eugene Speicher, and James McNeill Whistler, among others.

Parrish Art Museum | American Portraits |

Today's News

October 17, 2011

Pedro Ramírez Vazquez awarded Fine Arts Medal by the National Institute of Fine Arts

Major Caravaggio exhibition at the Kimbell Art Museum, the only U.S. venue

American Portraits showcase renowned and historic holding from the Parrish collection

Degas and the Nude, first museum exhibition dedicated exclusively to Edgar Degas's Nudes

Iain Mckell exhibits his The New Gypsies series at Acte2Galerie in Paris     

Looking for a good film? Museums like LACMA host more and more events for movies

Lost and Found: The Secrets of Archimedes, opening at the Walters Art Museum

A visual "mashup" of Chicano muralism at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Solo exhibition of Anna Fox's newest series at James Hyman Photography in London

First museum survey of contemporary artist Mark Bradford opens at the Dallas Museum of Art

Milwaukee Art Museum originates Taryn Simon survey of three major projects

First retrospective of Fu Baoshi in the West made possible by partnership with the Nanjing Museum in China

To Make a World: George Ault and 1940s America opens at Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Ratnadeep Gopal Adivrekar at Galerie Schlassgoart in Luxembourg

Most comprehensive exhibition of Joan Miró's work ever seen in Spain opens in Barcelona

New York State Museum exhibits historic images from Burns archives

Austrian avant-gardist Curt Stenvert is subject of exhibition at Vienna's Belvedere

Fearing backlash, Artissima cancels Art Povera exhibition

Galerie Karsten Greve presents Georgia Russell's Difference & Repetition

Roman Ondak: Deutsche Bank's Artist of the Year 2012

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Holocaust 'masterpiece' causes uproar at Venice film festival

2.- To be unveiled at Sotheby's: One of the greatest collections of Orientalist paintings ever assembled

3.- Bender Gallery features paintings by up and coming Chicago artist Michael Hedges

4.- Lévy Gorvy exhibits new and historic works by French master in his centenary year

5.- Artificial Intelligence as good as Mahler? Austrian orchestra performs symphony with twist

6.- Fascinating new exhibition explores enduring artistic bond between Scotland and Italy

7.- Exhibition explores the process of Japanese-style woodblock production

8.- Robert Frank, photographer of America's underbelly, dead at 94

9.- The truth behind the legend of patriot Paul Revere revealed in a new exhibition at New-York Historical Society

10.- Hitler bust found in cellar of French Senate

Related Stories

The Parrish Art Museum Announces Groundbreaking of New Building

Landscape Treasures Features 50 Paintings from the Parrish Museum's Collection

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful