End Date: 04/04/2021
Alice Neel’s portrait of Takahara Shindu from 1969 is a signature, daringly honest painting of her sitter. Rendered with compassion and unfazed accuracy, it reflects the truth of the individual and the era. Contrasting Neel’s aim to capture verity, Thomas Ruff and Christopher Williams – in their respective photographic works – are interested in how figuration is used to convey information for propaganda and advertising purposes. The figure in William Eggleston’s photograph taken in the 1970s is a compositional device to shows his innate and sophisticated understanding of colour and form, whilst recent works by Raymond Pettibon and Jordan Wolfson use iconic figurative imagery – both photographed and drawn – to engage with visual rhetorics of pop, commercial culture and mass media.
For Vortic, David Zwirner London is pleased to present an exhibition of six artists whose featured works deal with figuration. The six artworks span six decades and numerous media plus raise various questions about individuality, veracity and how meaning is structured in figurative portrayals.