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An Exhibition in Newport Puts the Full-Length Portrait in Focus

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Even more intriguing than the house’s emptiness (it’s unfurnished, so the paintings become “spooky bodies living in space,” according to Kazanjian) is its panorama of influences. the aesthetic — from the American, British, European, and Asian colonization — speaks for itself. to the different styles of art represented in “Pictus Porrectus.” The construction is installed in the rooms and corridors on two floors of the house; a selection from Sophie Matisse’s Funny Missing People series that removes the full-length human figure from Charles Willson Peale’s Group of stairs (Portrait of Raphaelle Peale and Titian Ramsay Peale I) Perfectly mounted in front of a staircase.

Sophie Matisse, Group of stairs, 2000. Oil on linen with wooden steps. 108 x 49 inches.

Collection of artists. Photo: Jennifer Manville.

“There’s a little bit of momentum upstairs, downstairs,” notes Gingeras. “We’re thinking about how downstairs is really the public part of a house, especially at the turn of the century. So an official portrait of children”—like Creole brother and sister, 2022, by New Orleans-based Andrew LaMar Hopkins – “makes sense there.” McKinniss’ 2018 painting of Jennifer Lopez in the old drawing room and in the dining room, which reminds Gingeras and Kazanjian of a library, is by Hall Autodidact. The show’s nudes — by John Currin, Albert York, Jenna Gribbon, and sculptor Ruby Neri — are all upstairs, in the more intimate space of the house: Mr. and Mrs. Bell’s bedroom, the sleeping porch.

Taken together, the show is brilliant both in “the centuries-old dialogue about the genre,” as Gingeras puts it, and in a bold look at the future of figurative — and its proponents. its greatest. “Toyin [Ojih Odutola] Kazanjian said. “She fantasizes about the future. She imagines a plump body, what it’s like to live in today’s society. The work is fiction, but it’s not a look back — it’s a look at the present and the future. And I think we’re seeing more and more of that.”

The Isaac Bell House is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rosecliff is open daily from 10am to 3pm

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