Allan Stone Projects is pleased to present Tête-à-Tête: Portraits in Dialogue, on view from February 25 – April 23, 2016. Selected from the Allan Stone Collection, the exhibition will survey portraits and self-portraits by various artists spanning over seventy years. Included in the show is an early, rare, self-portrait drawing by Willem de Kooning, c. 1942, and a dynamic portrait by David Alfaro Siqueiros, c. 1936.
The exhibition will place portraits and self-portraits from various styles, mediums, and eras in close dialogue with one another highlighting the different approaches taken by artists in this genre. Self-portraits have been a means of self-examination and discovery throughout the history of art, and portraits of sitters are illustrated through the unique lens of the artist. The genre is a study of what it means to be human, and it can be an historical account, a personal characterization, or a memory. They are representational but not necessarily realistic, and this exhibition will illustrate a diversity of portraits from the objective, to the abstract, to the symbolic.
Artists included in the show are Bo Bartlett, William Beckman, Willem de Kooning, John DeAndrea, George Deem, Richard Estes, Arshile Gorky, John Graham, Susan Hauptman, Elizabeth King, Franz Kline, Diana Moore, John O’Reilly, Guy Pène du Bois, Stephen Cornelius Roberts, David Alfaro Siqueiros, James Weeks, and Jack Whitten.