Show Dates: March 4‐ March 25, 2017
Opening Reception Saturday March 4 from 5pm – 8pm
Panel Discussion: Friday March 24 at 6pm
Saturday March 25 from 5pm – 7pm
“On the Shoulders of Giants,” an exhibition of contemporary painting and sculpture curated by Thaddeus Radell, celebrates the millennia‐old struggle to capture the human form. The 35 artists in the exhibition render the human figure in a wide variety of ways and mediums, but every work nevertheless shows a reverence for the formal language that animates all great art, from prehistoric times to the present. While the postmodern age has tended to emphasize ironic appropriation over earnest expression and compositional values, each of these artists seeks to animate the human figure through
an authenticity of form and structure.
The painters and sculptors fall roughly into two generations, many of the second, younger group having studied with members of the first. In these cases the teachers inspired an understanding of great traditional art and helped set a foundation from which new art might arise.
Every artist must be a part of his or her time, but every good artist also benefits in some way from the past. Learning from the art in museums, as well as from their teachers, the artists in this exhibition indeed find themselves standing on the shoulders of giants.