Carlos Donjuan, Angela Fraleigh, Heyd Fontenot, Riley Holloway, Haavard Homstvedt, Leticia Huckaby, Sedrick Huckaby, Carol Ivey, Luis Jimenez, Cesar Martinez, David McGee, Celia Alvarez Munoz, Kermit Oliver, Andrew Ortiz, Lisa Qualls, Vincent Valdez, Kelli Vance
October 17 – November 19, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, Oct 21, 5:30PM–8PM
Arlington – The Gallery at UTA is pleased to present two complementary exhibitions showcasing contemporary portraiture. Benito Huerta, Curator and Director of The Gallery at UTA, selected Robert Pruitt’s drawings and the diverse works in the associated group show to illustrate the ways contemporary artists continue to update and reinterpret a mainstay of art historical practice: the portrait.
Well-known for his portraits of friends and contemporaries combined with comic book, sci-fi and art historical imagery to create redefined and recontextualized identities, in this exhibition Robert Pruitt will be introducing fourteen new charcoal and conté drawings on coffee stained paper. Pruitt’s coffee stained backgrounds have a painterly, spontaneous quality that engages attention in their own right while also enhancing and allowing the foreground drawings to take center stage. In these vibrant and fresh representations of real-life, present-day subjects, he alludes to an alternate reality and identity through his use of symbolic additions to clothing, hairstyles and features. Alongside Pruitt’s work, a sampling of seventeen regional artists, such as Luis Jimenez, Angela Fraleigh, Cesar Martinez, David McGee and others, who utilize portraiture in a variety of media and styles, is being displayed concurrently.
In association with the exhibition, Robert Pruitt will discuss his work in an hour-long gallery talk on Thursday, October 20 beginning at 12:30 pm in The Gallery at UTA. There will be a reception on Friday, October 21 from 5:30 to 8 pm with brief remarks by Pruitt at 6:30 pm. In addition, several of the artists in the Contemporary Portraiture group exhibition will be in attendance. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.
The exhibit and all events are free and open to the public.