Conceptual Figures

Tuesday 09-09-08 7 pm
Deitch Project, 76 Grand St, NYC
Conceptual Figures

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.

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.

 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.

 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.

 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.