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Go Figure!

Curated by Beth Rudin DeWoody

Eric Firestone Gallery | East Hampton, NY

May 25 – June 22, 2019

Tunji Adeniyi-Jones ,

Tunji Adeniyi-Jones

Dancing Figure VIII, 2018

monotype print

30h x 22w in
76.20h x 55.88w cm


Tunji Adeniyi-Jones ,

Tunji Adeniyi-Jones

Dancing Figure IX, 2018

monotype print

30h x 22w in
76.20h x 55.88w cm


Emma Amos (1938-)

Emma Amos (1938-)

Streaks, 1983

acrylic on canvas with hand-woven fabric

85h x 75w in
215.90h x 190.50w cm


Will Barnet ,

Will Barnet

White and Yellow Top, 1986

oil on canvas

30 1/2h x 35 1/4w in
77.47h x 89.54w cm


Will Barnet ,

Will Barnet

Elena, 1981

oil on canvas

38h x 34w in
96.52h x 86.36w cm


Deidrick Brackens ,

Deidrick Brackens

Blue Under Night, 2017

Woven cotton yarn

78h x 31w in
198.12h x 78.74w cm


Katherine Bradford ,

Katherine Bradford

Man, Woman, Summer Night, 2019

acrylic on canvas

16h x 20w in
40.64h x 50.80w cm


Delia Brown ,

Delia Brown

Nicole, 2014

Oil on wood panel

24h x 36w in
60.96h x 91.44w cm


Alex Bradley Cohen

Alex Bradley Cohen

Chanel, 2018

Acrylic on canvas

48h x 44w in
121.92h x 111.76w cm


Elaine de Kooning

Elaine de Kooning

Scott 1, 1983

Oil on canvas

36h x 30w in
91.44h x 76.20w cm


Martha Edelheit ,

Martha Edelheit

Fleshcycle, 1969

acrylic on canvas

83 1/2h x 68w x 1 1/4d in
212.09h x 172.72w x 3.18d cm


Natalie Frank ,

Natalie Frank

The Blue Bird IV – L’Oiseau Bleu,, 2017-19

Gouache and chalk pastel on paper

34 1/4h x 26 1/2w in
87h x 67.31w cm


Barnaby Furnas (1973-)

Barnaby Furnas (1973-)

The Rustlers, 2018

watercolor pencil and acrylic gesso on paper

24h x 31w in
60.96h x 78.74w cm


Mimi Gross ,

Mimi Gross

Visiting Couple, 1978

pastel on wood

80h x 47w x 22d in
203.20h x 119.38w x 55.88d cm


Ridley Howard (1971-)

Ridley Howard (1971-)

Dream Painting, Blue Ridge, 2017

oil on linen

12h x 9w in
30.48h x 22.86w cm


Konstantin Kakanias ,

Konstantin Kakanias

Trampoline, 2019

Gouache on paper

15h x 21w in
38.10h x 53.34w cm


Konstantin Kakanias ,

Konstantin Kakanias

Dress, 2019

Gouache on paper

15h x 20w in
38.10h x 50.80w cm


Sam Kalda ,

Sam Kalda

Reykjavik Passage, Acrylic + pencil on board

8h x 10w in
20.32h x 25.40w cm


Maira Kalman (1949-)

Maira Kalman (1949-)

Woman with Face Net, 2000

gouache on paper


Howard Kanovitz ,

Howard Kanovitz

The Bather, 1964

acrylic on canvas

36h x 30 1/8w in
91.44h x 76.52w cm


Alex Katz ,

Alex Katz

Untitled (Black Cat), 1957



William King ,

William King

Cile Lord and Tad Brooks, c. 1980


31 1/2h x 5 1/2w x 6d in
80.01h x 13.97w x 15.24d cm


William King ,

William King

Uptown - Jim Broady as Josephine Baker, 1948-52


22h x 13w x 12d in
55.88h x 33.02w x 30.48d cm


Marcia Marcus ,

Marcia Marcus

Self Portrait in White Dress, 1959

oil, sand, and collage on canvas

60h x 37w in
152.40h x 93.98w cm


Liz Markus ,

Liz Markus

Nancy in Galanos, 2015

Acylic on canvas

24h x 18w in
60.96h x 45.72w cm


Jan Muller ,

Jan Muller

Two Equestrians, 1957

oil on wood

6 1/4h x 14 1/4w in
15.88h x 36.20w cm


Philip Pearlstein ,

Philip Pearlstein

Nude on a Blue Drape, 1964

oil on canvas

60h x 50w in
152.40h x 127w cm


Vanessa Prager ,

Vanessa Prager

The last dance, 2019

Oil on panel

36h x 36w in
91.44h x 91.44w cm


Vanessa Prager ,

Vanessa Prager

Sunday at three, 2019

Oil on panel

11h x 14w in
27.94h x 35.56w cm


Eleanor Ray ,

Eleanor Ray

Elena, 2015

Oil on panel

6h x 7w in
15.24h x 17.78w cm


Mira Schor (1950-)

Mira Schor (1950-)

Untitled (Young Woman, 1972

gouache on paper

11 3/4h x 14w in
29.85h x 35.56w cm


Joan Semmel (1932 -)

Joan Semmel (1932 -)

Expansion - Night Light, 1978

oil crayon and collage on paper

22h x 30w in
55.88h x 76.20w cm


Jansson Stegner (1972-)

Jansson Stegner (1972-)

Ace, 2017

Oil on canvas

40h x 23w in
101.60h x 58.42w cm


Ruby Sky Stiler

Ruby Sky Stiler

Figure from Parts, Past and Present, 2010

Foam, acrylic resin, thermal adhesive

Framed: 66h x 27w x 13d in
167.64h x 68.58w x 33.02d cm


Billy Sullivan ,

Billy Sullivan

Angela and Jean-Claude, 2014

Oil on linen

30h x 42w in
76.20h x 106.68w cm


Nick Weber ,

Nick Weber

Legs, 1994

oil on canvas

30h x 40w in
76.20h x 101.60w cm


Tom Wesselmann (1931-2004)

Tom Wesselmann (1931-2004)

Nude with Parrot #1, 1960


8 1/2h x 11w in
21.59h x 27.94w cm


Jane Wilson (1924-2015)

Jane Wilson (1924-2015)

Stop Light, 1966

Oil on canvas

44h x 50w in
111.76h x 127w cm


Jason Yarmosky (1987-)

Jason Yarmosky (1987-)

Harmony, 2019

oil on canvas

56h x 84w in
142.24h x 213.36w cm


Hartwell Yeargans ,

Hartwell Yeargans

Harlem Street Scene, Ice Man Delivering Ice, 1949

Oil on canvas

24h x 31w in
60.96h x 78.74w cm


Yelena Yemchuk ,

Yelena Yemchuk

Behind the green lights, 2019

Watercolor on paper

44h x 56w in
111.76h x 142.24w cm


Joan Brown ,

Joan Brown

The Colonel in the Garden of Allah, 1972

Enamel on masonite

90h x 48w in
228.60h x 121.92w cm


Mira Schor (1950-)

Mira Schor (1950-)

LaBelle, 1972

Gouache on paper

6 3/4h x 9 3/4w in
17.15h x 24.77w cm


Angela Dufresne ,

Angela Dufresne

My Sister My Mother My Mother My Sister, 2014

Oil on canvas

54h x 34w in
137.16h x 86.36w cm


Walter Robinson ,

Walter Robinson

For Hearth and Home, 2012

Oil On F101 Aircraft Nose Cone

56h x 38w x 38d in
142.24h x 96.52w x 96.52d cm


Eric Fischl ,

Eric Fischl

Untitled, Grandfather with Grandson, 2018

Digital print on diabond

57h x 74w in
144.78h x 187.96w cm


Charles DuBack (1926-2015)

Charles DuBack (1926-2015)

Model, 1963

oil on canvas

58 1/2h x 45w in
148.59h x 114.30w cm


Lucille Corcos (1908-1973)

Lucille Corcos (1908-1973)

Fire Island Ferry, 1937

gouache on paper

36h x 49 1/2w in
91.44h x 125.73w cm


Martha Edelheit ,

Martha Edelheit

Rehearsal Studio, 2015

ink and watercolor on rice paper

9 1/2h x 10 3/4w in
24.13h x 27.31w cm


Martha Edelheit ,

Martha Edelheit

Untitled (Woman on horse), 2015

Watercolor and ink on rice paper

9 3/4h x 12w in
24.77h x 30.48w cm


Press Release


Go Figure! Opening May 25, 2019, is a group exhibition about an ongoing dialogue between contemporary figurative artists and figuration of the 1950s, 60s and 70s and will include works by the following artists:  

Tunji Adeniyi-Jones • Emma Amos • Will Barnet • Diedrick Brackens • Katherine Bradford • Delia Brown • Joan Brown • Alex Bradley Cohen • Lucille Corcos • Mira Dancy • Elaine de Kooning • Charles DuBack • Angela Dufresne • Martha Edelheit • Eric Fischl • Natalie Frank • Barnaby Furnas • Shirley Gorelick • Mimi Gross • Ridley Howard • Konstantin Kakanias • Sam Kalda • Maira Kalman • Howard Kanovitz • Alex Katz • Bill King • Marcia Marcus • Liz Markus • Jan Müller • Joe Overstreet • Philip Pearlstein • Vanessa Prager • Eleanor Ray • Walter Robinson • Mira Schor • Joan Semmel • Jansson Stegner • Ruby Sky Stiler • Billy Sullivan • Nick Weber • Tom Wesselmann • Jane WIlson  • Jason Yarmosky • Hartwell Yeargans • Yelena Yemchuk


Curator Beth Rudin DeWoody says:

I’ve always been attracted to figurative painting and drawing even though I love abstract and minimalist art. I also love the in-between when figure melds into the abstract.  There are many young artists who are looking back to some of the great figurative artists of the mid 20th-Century, putting their own 21st-Century influences and viewpoints onto the works. 

The exhibition is about pairing contemporary artists with artists of the mid-20th Century to shed new light on the strength of their voices, and continued relevance today. Despite the dominance of Minimalist and Conceptual art, a surprising number of artists in the 1960s and 70s were using figuration to pioneer aesthetic and political ideas that we often take for granted today.

In the historic work, we see explorations of personal identity and societal roles within a range of portraiture. Artists look at the domestic and the family, the fictional studio space, and the world outside.  In many works, an intimate space collides with a broader popular culture image bank.  Traditional images of the nude are undone, appropriated by a female gaze or a deconstruction of formal conventions. The exhibition displays a massive range of material approaches, from a finely rendered touch, to collage and impasto surfaces, to work that exists in the space between painting and object.

The pairings that guided curatorial selections are often playful visual connections, but can also reflect more literal mentorship or inter-generational connections between the artists.

Beth Rudin DeWoody, art collector and curator, is President of The Rudin Family Foundations and Executive Vice President of Rudin Management. The Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection has over 10,000 works in various media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, works on paper, video, and installation, by leading and emerging contemporary artists. It also includes significant holdings of iconic furniture, design, objects, ephemera, and artist’s books. The Collection has been the subject of exhibitions featured at the Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach and the Parrish Museum, Water Mill, among other institutions. In December 2017, DeWoody opened The Bunker Artspace in West Palm Beach, Florida to present viewable storage of her collection, as well as exhibitions. 

DeWoody has curated numerous exhibitions, including “I Won’t Grow Up” at Cheim & Read, New York; “Think Pink” at Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach; “Bad For You” at Shizaru Gallery, London; “Please Enter” at Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, and “Really” at Wilding Cran, Los Angeles.

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