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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.

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