Portraits prompt curiosity. Details such as the gesture of the sitter and the apparel they wear can communicate notions of status and power. We are left contemplating self-representation and the assumptions made about contemporary society through this artistic genre.
Drawn entirely from the permanent collection and spanning the nine collecting areas of Phoenix Art Museum - American, Asian, Contemporary, European, Fashion, Latin American, Modern, Photography, and Western American - these works reveal the loosely defined typology of portraiture, and provide a broad dialogue of art history, perception, and popular culture.
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Exhibition Page: Erica Deeman, Untitled 10 (detail), 2013. Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy of the artist and Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco.
Left: Antonio Maria Esquivel, Portrait of a Man, 1840-1850. Oil on canvas. Bequest of the Albertine M. Weed Estate.
Right: Antonio Maria Esquivel, Portrait of a Woman, 1840-1850. Oil on canvas. Bequest of the Albertine M. Weed Estate.