The Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art is ready to present the latest edition of its annual “Painting the Figure Now” exhibition. On view will be images of people in every possible mode — in action or repose, at play or work — all reminding us that the human form is a subject with inexhaustible potential for artists. Curators David Hummer and Didi Menendez have developed the project with guest curator F. Scott Hess, a distinguished figure painter in his own right.
PAINTING THE FIGURE NOW III
Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art, Wausau, Wisconsin
Through December 12, 2020
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Hess notes, “There was a time when finding well painted figurative works was difficult. There just wasn’t that much of it around. But that has changed. It seems there is an overabundance of well painted works at this time, as one sees them too often on Instagram and other social media platforms.
“In curating this show I looked for works that were not only technically excellent, but also captured my attention in a different way, and made me think beyond the represented figure. This might be political/social commentary, or it might be visually poetic, or intrigue with narrative or humor, or relate to painting’s grand history, or deliver a strong sense of what it is to be human. I wanted paintings that delivered a view of existence in today’s world. We are living in very difficult times, and I expect artists to be saying more about our experience during this period than just reproducing a pretty face or a nice body.”