Conceptual Figures is Jeffrey Deitch’s fourth thematic exhibition to articulate approaches to conceptual figuration. The first project, Lives, presented in 1975, featured artists like Vito Acconci and Hannah Wilke, who used elements of their own lives as an art medium. Post Human, in 1982, focused on a generation of artists including Jeff Koons, Charles Ray, and Paul McCarthy, whose conceptual approach to figuration manifested itself primarily in sculpture. Form Follows Fiction, in 2001, articulated the deliberate confusion between reality and fantasy in the work of artists like John Currin, Chris Ofili, and Takashi Murakami. 2008 brings Conceptual Figures, a twelve-person exhibition that approaches figurative painting as an intellectual construct. In order to explore the evolving conceptual frameworks that have surrounded figuration both historically and in its contemporary incarnations, Ad Hoc Vox has brought together four artists from Conceptual Figures, including Caleb Considine, Sophia Dixon, Ridley Howard, and Kurt Kauper, alongside guests Peter Brooks and Robert Storr, to discuss the use of the figure in painting. Colleen Asper moderates the discussion, followed by a Q & A with the audience.
Featuring Peter Brooks, Caleb Considine, Sophia Dixon, Ridley Howard, Kurt Kauper, and Robert Storr.
PETER BROOKS has recently moved from Yale to Princeton University, where he is Mellon Visiting Professor and planning a university-wide seminar on "The Ethics of Reading and the Cultures of Professionalism." He is the author of several books, including Henry James Goes to Paris, Troubling Confessions, Body Work, and Reading for the Plot.
CALEB CONSIDINE received his BA from Yale in 2005 and his MFA from Columbia in 2008. He now lives and works in New York.
SOPHIA DIXON received her BA in Art from Yale University in 2004. She lives and works in Brooklyn, and will be attending the U. of Chicago as an MFA candidate this fall.
RIDLEY HOWARD received his BFA from the University of Georgia, his MFA from Museum School in Boston, and attended Skowhegan in 2000. His work has been shown at Zach Feuer Gallery, NY; Groeflin Maag Galerie, Zurich; Solomon Projects, Atlanta; and the High Museum of Art, Atl.
KURT KAUPER has had solo shows at ACME Gallery in Los Angeles, and Deitch Projects in New York City. He has been included in numerous group exhibitions both in the United States and Europe, including the Whitney Museum of American Art in NewYork, The Pompidou Center in Paris, and the Kunsthalle Vienna. His most recent one-person exhibition, Everybody Knew That Canadians Were The Best Hockey Players, was at Deitch Projects from November 8th 2007 through January 18, 2008.
ROBERT STORR is an artist, curator and critic and currently serves as Dean of the Yale University School of Art. Formerly he was the Rosalie Solow Professor of Modern Art at the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture at MoMA and Director of the 2007 Venice Biennale.