Defining the Body: Contemporary Figuration on Paper

August 1–November 1, 2015

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 8/4/2015, 3:07 p.m.
Artists draw the form—nude or clothed, the entire body or certain parts—and look to their family members, friends, and self, ...
Louise Bourgeois, Ste Sebastienne, 1992, drypoint on Somerset satin wove paper, edition III/X, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Peter Blum Edition Archive, 1980–1994, Museum purchase funded by the Alice Pratt Brown Museum Fund. © Louise Bourgeois Trust / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Overview: Artists draw the form—nude or clothed, the entire body or certain parts—and look to their family members, friends, and self, as well as to models, as subjects. Defining the Body: Contemporary Figuration on Paper reflects on the evolution over the past 50 years of the human form as a long-standing art-historical subject.

The exhibition comprises drawings and prints from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. On view from Saturday, August 1, to Sunday, November 1, 2015, the installation presents examples of Realism by figurative artists of the 1960s and 1970s, such as George Segal and Philip Pearlstein; moves on to the Neo-Expressionist artists of the 1980s, including Francesco Clemente, Eric Fischl, and A.R. Penck; and continues with later representations of identity by artists of the 1990s and beyond, such as Louise Bourgeois, Lorna Simpson, and Kiki Smith.

Location: The Audrey Jones Beck Building / 5601 Main Street

Funding: This exhibition is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

For more information, visit mfah.org