Artists Portray Artists: Selections from the Kresge Art Museum Collection
“Artists Portray Artists” opens at the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum Oct. 1

VIDEO: Susan Bandes talks about the exhibition

The Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum will host the exhibition Artists Portray Artists from October 1, 2010 – January 29, 2011. This Kresge Art Museum collection presents an exhibition of 35 portraits and self-portraits by artists from the 20th century.

The Kresge Art Museum is on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing.

Through paintings, photographs, prints and drawings Artists Portray Artists explores the various approaches to portraiture by a variety of artists including Man Ray, Milton Avery, KätheKollwitz, Jim Dine, Larry Clark, Chuck Close, and Cindy Sherman. Former Kresge Art Museum Director Director Susan J. Bandes says, “I believe visitors will be surprised at the enormous variety of portraits on view from the conventional to the conceptual. The purposes of portraits and their contexts vary widely, offering a wide range of representations.”

Searching for models, artists only have to look as far as the nearest mirror or to their family and friends (often fellow artists). Artists have portrayed themselves for centuries and some did so frequently. While many of the subjects are familiar, even legendary, -- Pierre Renoir, Isadora Duncan and Jo Baker among them--, some are no longer recognized. Portraits may be documents or records as well as subjective interpretations that set up a dialogue between the person portrayed, the one who portrays, and the viewer.

“This is a fine example of two of Michigan’s state universities partnering to bring interesting works of art to a broader audience,” said Marilyn Wheaton, Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum Director.

The Museum is grateful to The Dow Chemical Company for sponsoring the exhibition and Consumers Energy for their support.

Susan Bandes will give two gallery talks in the Museum on Wednesday, October 27 at 5:00 and at 7:00 p.m. Both gallery talks are free and open to the public.

The exhibition runs through January 29, 2011.
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