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Figurative and Portrait Show at Williamsburg Art & Historical Center

March 13 thru April 11, 1999


Joseph Adolphe, Alexandra Balparzuk, Irvin Barnett, Jennifer Bloom, Noa Bornstein, Joe Catuccio, Gail Godber, Howard Kalish, George Korechoff, Scott Lawson, John Mandile, Ernest Marciano, Tim Okamura, Lauren Plaut, Riv, Demian Schroeder, Morgan Taylor, Stan Taub, Alexandra Compain Tissier, Lori Walls, Lisa Weinblatt, Larry Zajac are artists exhibitiong at the Figurative and Portrait Show.

From left to right: Howard Kalish, Portrait of Jacob, painted ceramic, life size; R. I. Riv, Portrait of an Indian, 1997, plaster, acrylic colors, life size; Stan Taub, Healing, bronze, life size; Noa Bornstein, Study of a Mother and Daughter, 1998-99, bronze, 20 x 12 x 12 inches

The importance of observation of three-dimensional reality and discipline of recording it in art is immeasurable. It has been the tradition of the great schools of art, even in this century, to assure that the student who wished to pursue a career in fine art be able to master the observation and rendering of nature.

From left to right: Tim Kamura, Brooklyn Queen, oil and collage on board, 18 x 24 inches; Joseph Adolphe, Self Portrait, oil on canvas, 40 x 23 inches; Scott Lawson, Self Portrait, oil on linen, 32 x 40 inches; Joe Catuccio, Untitled, ink drawing on paper, 26 x 40 inches


The drawing, painting and sculpting of the human figure with its proportions and subtle curves is the most difficult, the human face and positions of the body are able to express a nearly infinite variety of moods and attitudes. To be able to express this on paper, canvas, or in stone, wood or metal (and now plastic) is an essential foundation to mastering abstract form and using the ability of abstract form to suggest more than the abstract form itself, if that is what is intended. One must master the craft, the tools of the trade, before one approaches the art, if one intends to be great. As Mark Cohen the art critic points out, the true artist, hounded by the shortness of time in this world does not have time to create things that miss the point.

From left to right: Lisa Weinblatt, School Lunch 7, oil, 54 x 80 inches; Terrance Lindall, Self Portrait, oil on linen, 18 x 48 inches; Alexandra Baltarzak, Richard Drawing Storyboards, pencil, 8 1/2 x 11 inches

We must be absolute masters of our craft. So in this show we see artists honing their abilities of observation & rendering. We come back once more to the human figure and look with fresh eyes in order to refocus and set our course once more by the compass that points to the elegance, grace and inspiration which is the human figure. The artists in this exhibition have demonstrated mastery of these basics.

Modern art more or less began at the turn of the century and rapidly moved to the indifferent abstraction we see in so much art today. With rapid technological advances engulfing our world requiring that we respond with machine efficiency to keep pace, it is good to once again recognize our spiritual selves as contained in the human figure. In this exhibition we reevaluate the valuable lessons of observation & discipline and perhaps see what we have been missing in contemporary art, the human form, the temple of the soul.

Yuko Nii, Artistic Director & Founder

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