Face the Face

October 17, 2008

There are few subjects in the history of visual art as evocative as the human face. Two SVA alumni who have distinctive approaches to portraiture have new shows opening in New York City. Amy Elkins (BFA 2006 Photography) is presenting “Wallflowers,” an exhibition of her portrait photography, at Yancey Richardson Gallery, 535 West 22nd Street, October 23 – December 6. “Wallflowers” is comprised of images that feature male portraits shot against floral backdrops. Elkins worked with each subject in three-hour, one-on-one photo sessions, creating intimate portraits that explore concepts of modern masculinity.

Another portrait presentation comes from MFA Fine Arts Department alumnus Laurie Munn (MFA 2005 Fine Arts). Following her 2002 series of portrait paintings of all 43 American Presidents, Munn this time has endeavored to paint each of the country’s First Ladies, from Martha Washington through Laura Bush (she is also including portraits of both Cindy McCain and Michelle Obama). The complete set of First Lady paintings will be on display in the windows of Barneys New York, 660 Madison Avenue, starting Tuesday, October 21.

Image: Amy Elkins, David, Brooklyn, NY, 2006, 2006.

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