A Place For Me


Institute of Contemporary Art Boston
through September 5, 2022

Figurative art - mixed media
DORON LANGBERG (b. 1985), “Sleeping 1,” 2020, oil and colored pencil on linen, 96 x 80 in., collection of Kent Belden and Dr. Louis Re, photo courtesy of Yossi Milo Gallery (New York) and Victoria Miro (London)

Everyone agrees that figurative painting is enjoying a robust revival, so now ICA Boston curators Ruth Erickson and Anni Pullagura have organized an exhibition that highlights eight gifted practitioners they particularly admire.

Working in a range of techniques and styles, the artists featured are David Antonio Cruz (b. 1974), Louis Fratino (b. 1993), Doron Langberg (b. 1985), Aubrey Levinthal (b. 1986), Gisela McDaniel (b. 1995), Arcmanoro Niles (b. 1989), Celeste Rapone (b. 1985), and Ambera Wellmann (b. 1982). All are American except Langberg, who is Israeli, and Wellmann, who is from Canada.

The show’s title, “A Place for Me,” is revealing. All eight of the artists fearlessly depict who they love — including their friends, lovers, and family members — their homes and studio spaces, and scenes of everyday life. Evoking intimacy, community, and the highly personal, these exhibitors consider, in their unique ways, how painting something or someone might register care, tenderness, fragility, empathy, or resilience.

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