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From the Archives: an invitational exhibition "Contemporary Self-Portraits" in two parts, “From the Mirror” and “The Antic Vision” at Allan Frumkin Gallery, November-December 1982 and January-February 1983.

 

An enduring focus of the gallery has long been self-portraits and indeed many of the artists who have shown here over the years, both regularly and occasionally, have experimented with the format if not made it a staple of their practice. The most striking example of this commitment is a major survey of contemporary self-potraiture in all mediums, exhibited at the gallery between 1982-83. Organized as an invitational, close to a third of the works were produced especially for the exhibition and all dated from the past few years. In some ways a cross-section of artists working figuratively at the time, it is doubly interesting as an example of the range with which artists approach or choose to depict the self though. As it included close to 40 works, the exhibition was split into two parts, loosely defined as those deemed “realist” in part I (many of these are rather straightforwardly titled “Self-Portrait”) and “humorous and/or imaginative” in part II.

 

Exhibition Checklist for Part I:
1. Vincent Arcilesi, Self Portrait, 1982, oil on canvas, 60 x 42 inches
2. Robert Arneson, This Head is Mine, 1980-82, ceramic head and ceramic base, 73 inches high
3. Jack Beal, Self-Portrait, 1982, oil on canvas, 36 x 36 inches
4. William Beckman, Self-Portrait, 1981-82, oil on panel, 50 x 36 ½ inches
5. Joan Brown, Self-Portrait Age 42, 1980, enamel on canvas, 72 x 60 inches
6. Daniel Dallmann, Self-Portrait by the Garden Wall, 1981, oil on canvas, 22 ¼ x 20 inches
7. Deborah Deichler, Lot’s Wife, 1978, oil on canvas, 36 x 26 ¼ inches
8. Martha Mayer Erlebacher, Self-Portrait, 1981, oil on panel, 13 ½ x 11 inches
9. Paul Georges, Self-Portrait, 1981-82, oil on canvas, 82 x 64 inches
10. Gregory Gillepsie, Self Portrait with Blue Visor, 1979, oil on paper, 21 x 16 ½ inches
11. Red Grooms, Self-Portait, 1981, oil on canvas, 15 x 14 inches
12. Walt Juriwicz, Self-Portrait, 1982, oil on paper, 24 x 18 inches
13. Alfred Leslie, Self-Portrait, 1982, oil on canvas, 84 x 60 inches
14. Paul Linfante, Self-Portrait, 1982, pastel on paper, 2- x 14 ¼ inches
15. Marisol, Sun Mask, 1980, Bronze, 13 x 11 inches
16. Michael Mazur, Self Portrait, 1982, pastel on paper, 42 x 45 inches
17. Richard McLean, Self-Portrait, 1982, gouache on paper, 30 x 22 inches
18. Alice Neel, Nude Self-Portrait, 1980, oil on canvas, 54 x 40 inches
19. Philip Pearlstein, Self-Portrait, 1982, watercolor on paper, 29 x 41 inches
20. Donald Perlis, Self-Portrait, 1982, oil on canvas, 30 x 20 inches
21. John Stachwicz, Self-Portrait, 1982, oil on canvas, 36 x 36 inches
22. James Valerio, Self-Portrait, 1981, oil on canvas, 90 x 72 inches
23. Paul Wiesenfeld, Self-Portrait, 1982, oil on canvas, 40 x 33 ¼ inches
24. Jim Wilson, Self-Portrait, 1981, oil on canvas, 42 x 36 inches

 
Part II:
25. Robert Arneson, Old Bob with Itch, 1982, bronze, 30 x 17 x 30 inches
26. Luis Cruz Azaceta, The Philosopher, 1982, acrylic on canvas, 72 x 66 inches
27. Joan Brown, Harmony, 1982, enamel on canvas, 96 x 60 inches
28. Toby Buonagurio, Bionic Toby with Pet Boa, 1982, ceramic, 28 x 23 x 11 inches
29. Robert Colescott, Hard Time, 1982, acrylic on canvas, 84 x 72 inches
30. Peter Dean, The Builder, 1981, oil on canvas, 36 x 30 inches
31. Rafael Ferrer, Imaginary Self-Portrait, 1981, oil on canvas, 48 x 33 inches
32. Dan Freeman, Rotate, 1982, acrylic on canvas, 39 x 36 inches
33. Red Grooms, Diagonal Self-Portrait, 1982, gouache on paper, 85 x 30 ½ inches
34. Lucas Samaras, Head #47, 1981, pastel on paper, 17 ½ x 11 ½ inches
35. Peter Saul, Donald Duck Self-Portrait, 1982, alkyd on paper, 52 ½ x 48 inches
36. Philip Sherrod, Self-Portrait: Me as Japanese War-Fish, 1982, oil on canvas, 32 x 30 inches
37. Ned Smyth, Temptation I, 1982, graphite on frosted acetate, 89 ½ x 49 inches
38. Robert Warrens, Tyrannosaur Rex, 1982, acrylic on canvas, 90 x 75 inches
39. William T. Wiley, Gift of Ms. Givings, 1982, pencil, charcoal and oil pastel on paper, 63 ½ x 59 inches
40. Philip Sherrod, Who’s Kiddin’ Who, 1982, oil on canvas, 61 ¼ x 49 inches

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Catalogue cover, Contemporary Self-Portraits, an invitational exhibition in two parts: From the Mirror and The Antic Vision at Allan Frumkin Gallery, November-December 1982 and January-February 1983.

Image courtesy the George Adams Gallery Archives.

An enduring focus of the gallery has long been self-portraits and indeed many of the artists who have shown here over the years, both regularly and occasionally, have experimented with the format if not made it a staple of their practice. The most striking example of this commitment is a major survey of contemporary self-potraiture in all mediums, exhibited at the gallery between 1982-83. Organized as an invitational, close to a third of the works were produced especially for the exhibition and all dated from the past few years. In some ways a cross-section of artists working figuratively at the time, it is doubly interesting as an example of the range with which artists approach or choose to depict the self though. As it included close to 40 works, the exhibition was split into two parts, loosely defined as those deemed “realist” in part I (many of these are rather straightforwardly titled “Self-Portrait”) and “humorous and/or imaginative” in part II.

 

Text/Image Swiper

Vincent Arcilesi, Self Portrait, 1982.

Vincent Arcilesi, Self Portrait, 1982. Oil on canvas, 60 x 42 inches.

 

Part I: From the Mirror

Robert Arneson, This Head is Mine, 1980-82.

Robert Arneson, This Head is Mine, 1980-82. Ceramic head and base, 73 inches high.

 

Part I: From the Mirror

Jack Beal, Self-Portrait, 1982.

Jack Beal, Self-Portrait, 1982. Oil on canvas, 36 x 36 inches.

 

Part I: From the Mirror

William Beckman, Self Portrait, 1981-82.

William Beckman, Self Portrait, 1981-82. Oil on panel, 50 x 36 1/2 inches.

 

Part I: From the Mirror

Joan Brown, Self-Portrait Age 42, 1980.

Joan Brown, Self-Portrait Age 42, 1980. Enamel on canvas, 72 x 60 inches.

 

Part I: From the Mirror

Daniel Dallmann, Self-Portrait by the Garden Wall, 1981.

Daniel Dallmann, Self-Portrait by the Garden Wall, 1981. Oil on canvas, 22 ¼ x 20 inches.

 

Part I: From the Mirror

Deborah Deichler, Lot’s Wife, 1978.

Deborah Deichler, Lot’s Wife, 1978. Oil on canvas, 36 x 26 ¼ inches.

 

Part I: From the Mirror

Martha Mayer Erlebacher, Self-Portrait, 1981.

Martha Mayer Erlebacher, Self-Portrait, 1981. Oil on panel, 13 ½ x 11 inches.

 

Part I: From the Mirror

Paul Georges, Self-Portrait,​ 1981-82.

Paul Georges, Self-Portrait, 1981-82. Oil on canvas, 82 x 64 inches.

 

Part I: From the Mirror

Gregory Gillepsie, Self Portrait with Blue Visor, 1979.

Gregory Gillepsie, Self Portrait with Blue Visor, 1979. Oil on paper, 21 x 16 ½ inches.

 

Part I: From the Mirror

Red Grooms, Self-Portait, 1981.

Red Grooms, Self-Portait, 1981. Oil on canvas, 15 x 14 inches.

 

Part I: From the Mirror

Walt Jurkiewicz, Self-Portrait, 1982.

Walt Jurkiewicz, Self-Portrait, 1982. Oil on paper, 24 x 18 inches.

 

Part I: From the Mirror

Alfred Leslie, Self-Portrait, 1982.

Alfred Leslie, Self-Portrait, 1982. Oil on canvas, 84 x 60 inches.

 

Part I: From the Mirror

Paul Linfante, Self-Portrait, 1982.

Paul Linfante, Self-Portrait, 1982. Pastel on paper, 20 x 14 ¼ inches.

 

Part I: From the Mirror

Marisol, Sun Mask, 1980.

Marisol, Sun Mask, 1980. Bronze, 13 x 11 inches.

 

Part I: From the Mirror

Michael Mazur, Self Portrait, 1982.

Michael Mazur, Self Portrait, 1982. Pastel on paper, 42 x 45 inches.

 

Part I: From the Mirror

Richard McLean, Self-Portrait, 1982.

Richard McLean, Self-Portrait, 1982. Gouache on paper, 30 x 22 inches.

 

Part I: From the Mirror

Alice Neel, Nude Self-Portrait, 1980.

Alice Neel, Nude Self-Portrait, 1980. Oil on canvas, 54 x 40 inches.

 

Part I: From the Mirror

Philip Pearlstein, Self-Portrait, 1982.

Philip Pearlstein, Self-Portrait, 1982. Watercolor on paper, 29 x 41 inches.

 

Part I: From the Mirror

Donald Perlis, Self-Portrait, 1982.

Donald Perlis, Self-Portrait, 1982. Oil on canvas, 30 x 20 inches.

 

Part I: From the Mirror

John Stachwicz, Self-Portrait, 1982.

John Stachwicz, Self-Portrait, 1982. Oil on canvas, 36 x 36 inches.

 

Part I: From the Mirror

James Valerio, Self-Portrait, 1981.

James Valerio, Self-Portrait, 1981. Oil on canvas, 90 x 72 inches.

 

Part I: From the Mirror

Paul Wiesenfeld, Self-Portrait, 1982.

Paul Wiesenfeld, Self-Portrait, 1982. Oil on canvas, 40 x 33 ¼ inches.

 

Part I: From the Mirror

Jim Wilson, Self-Portrait, 1981.

Jim Wilson, Self-Portrait, 1981. Oil on canvas, 42 x 36 inches.

 

Part I: From the Mirror

Text/Image Swiper

Robert Arneson, Old Bob with Itch, 1982.

Robert Arneson, Old Bob with Itch, 1982. Bronze, 30 x 17 x 30 inches.

 

Part II: The Antic Vision

Luis Cruz Azaceta, The Philosopher, 1982.

Luis Cruz Azaceta, The Philosopher, 1982. Acrylic on canvas, 72 x 66 inches.

 

Part II: The Antic Vision

Joan Brown, Harmony, 1982.

Joan Brown, Harmony, 1982. Enamel on canvas, 96 x 60 inches.

 

Part II: The Antic Vision

Toby Buonagurio, Bionic Toby with Pet Boa, 1982.

Toby Buonagurio, Bionic Toby with Pet Boa, 1982. Ceramic, 28 x 23 x 11 inches.

 

Part II: The Antic Vision

Robert Colescott, Hard Time, 1982.

Robert Colescott, Hard Time, 1982. Acrylic on canvas, 84 x 72 inches.

 

Part II: The Antic Vision

Peter Dean, The Builder, 1981.

Peter Dean, The Builder, 1981. Oil on canvas, 36 x 30 inches.

 

Part II: The Antic Vision

Rafael Ferrer, Imaginary Self-Portrait, 1981.

Rafael Ferrer, Imaginary Self-Portrait, 1981. Oil on canvas, 48 x 33 inches.

 

Part II: The Antic Vision

Dan Freeman, Rotate, 1982.

Dan Freeman, Rotate, 1982. Acrylic on canvas, 39 x 36 inches.

 

Part II: The Antic Vision

Lucas Samaras, Head #47, 1981.

Lucas Samaras, Head #47, 1981. Pastel on paper, 17 ½ x 11 ½ inches.

 

Part II: The Antic Vision

Peter Saul, Donald Duck Self-Portrait, 1982.

Peter Saul, Donald Duck Self-Portrait, 1982. Alkyd on paper, 52 ½ x 48 inches.

 

Part II: The Antic Vision

Philip Sherrod, Self-Portrait: Me as Japanese War-Fish, 1982.

Philip Sherrod, Self-Portrait: Me as Japanese War-Fish, 1982. Oil on canvas, 32 x 30 inches.

 

Part II: The Antic Vision

Ned Smyth, Temptation I, 1982.

Ned Smyth, Temptation I, 1982. Graphite on frosted acetate, 89 ½ x 49 inches.

 

Part II: The Antic Vision

Robert Warrens, Tyrannosaur Rex, 1982.

Robert Warrens, Tyrannosaur Rex, 1982. Acrylic on canvas, 90 x 75 inches.

 

Part II: The Antic Vision

William T. Wiley, Gift of Ms. Givings, 1982.

William T. Wiley, Gift of Ms. Givings, 1982. Pencil, charcoal and oil pastel on paper, 63 ½ x 59 inches.

 

Part II: The Antic Vision