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Exhibition January 11 − September 29
Burchfield Penney Arts Center: Historical Portraits
Historical portraits from the collection are the counterpoint of the exhibition “Modern portrait painting”. A modest selection of numerous portraits in the Burchfield Penney collection, this exhibition focuses on four categories of self portraits, paintings by artists, “aristocrats” and friends.

Self-portrait offers a complex position for the artist as a subject. Material is always present, but the inevitable attention and consideration of how a person presents himself in the world is equivalent. As if your clothes, facial expression and hairstyle at any time in your life remained unchanged forever.

The only thing that equals self-portrait is when the artist creates a picture of another artist. Negotiations about the presentation, personality and overall position of the subject are complex. There is an understanding that a colleague will ultimately judge you, and judgment will depend on how a person relates to the quality of work. This is similar to how people compare themselves in their equal groups - this is true of friends, colleagues and enemies.

Perhaps the most common portrait presented in the form of "aristocrat", used in this case to indicate someone in the position of honor. We all saw images of rulers of banks and countries. This can be extended to items that are highly valued.

Finally, have a glimpse of a friend. Emotionally loaded situation when the subject is represented by the feelings that the artist experiences to the person. The most notable in this category is the picture of Walter Budan, painted by John Milkarek. The picture was made in honor of a friend who died. The subject does not know what the results will be, but the artist is motivated by his memory and his desire to perpetuate the memory.

Galleries at the exhibition