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Members Exhibition Tour: Midwest Paint Group and Invited Guests: Self Portraits

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

10:30am - 11:00am

Members Only

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Join Dr. Patrick Shaw Cable, Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Education, in the galleries for an exclusive members only tour of Midwest Paint Group and Invited Guests: Self Portraits on Wednesday, May 8. 

About this exhibition: 

The Midwest Paint Group is an association of American Midwestern painters committed to “Post Abstract Figuration.” The label comes from New York painter Gabriel Laderman, an early exponent of the return to figurative art that followed the dominance of abstract art in the mid-twentieth century. Since the Midwest Paint Group was established in 1999 they have held several exhibitions and frequently produced accompanying catalogs; a version of the current show, Midwest Paint Group and Invited Guests: Self-Portraits, appeared in 2017 at a cooperative gallery space, the Dutoit Gallery, in Dayton, Ohio.

The present exhibition features self-portraits by twelve Midwest Group Painters alongside an equal number of self-portraits by guest artists. Some of the painters, such as Janet Niewald, Jan Knipe, and Bill White, live and work in the Roanoke region or have connections to it. The exhibition ranges from bust portraits against a neutral ground to portrayals that incorporate evocative interior or landscape spaces, and beyond this to a few paintings in which the artist is not represented literally but instead indirectly through allusive objects or motifs.

Due to capacity restrictions, pre-registration is required. 

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Above image: Janet Niewald (American, b. 1953), Self-portrait: Stacked - Ex/En/Ne (detail), 2016-17, Oil on linen, 30” x 24”, Courtesy of the Artist

Janet Niewald (American, b. 1953), Self-portrait: Stacked - Ex/En/Ne (detail), 2016-17, Oil on linen, 30” x 24”, Courtesy of the Artist