Figuration, the body, and representation

1980–today

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Catherine Opie, Figure and Landscape series
Catherine Opie, Figure and Landscape series

For this series, Opie photographed football games and players in seven states across America—but looked past clichés associated with the sport

Wangechi Mutu, <i>The NewOnes, will free Us</i>
Wangechi Mutu, The NewOnes, will free Us

Go behind the scenes with contemporary artist Wangechi Mutu, who discusses the inspiration and making of The NewOnes, will free Us, an exhibition of four sculpture that inaugurate The Met's annual facade commission

Stephanie Syjuco, <i>The Visible Invisible</i>
Stephanie Syjuco, The Visible Invisible

American-prairie style and Civil War Antebellum style dresses made out of green screen material conjure images of specific time periods in American history, as well as the tropes of womanhood, Western expansion, and Puritanism

Luchita Hurtado’s body of work
Luchita Hurtado’s body of work

Hurtado celebrates her first solo exhibition and discusses how her experience of motherhood and her commitment to environmental activism merge in her most recent body of work

Jordan Casteel paints her community
Jordan Casteel paints her community

Contemporary artist Jordan Casteel paints vibrant large scale portraits, making visible the often unrepresented humanity of Black men

An interview with Maryam Hoseini
An interview with Maryam Hoseini

Contemporary artist Maryam Hoseini discusses her abstracted, fragmented figures in her 2019 series of paintings reimagining the 12th-century poem about Laylah and Majnun

Marina Abramović, <em>The Artist is Present</em>
Marina Abramović, The Artist is Present

Is staring into the eyes of one of the world’s most renowned performance artists scary? Transcendent? Boring?

Lucian Freud, <em>Standing by the Rags</em>
Lucian Freud, Standing by the Rags

Freud’s nude isn’t the idealized, horizontal beauty of previous centuries, but a forthright, vertical one.

Yinka Shonibare, <em>The Swing (After Fragonard)</em>
Yinka Shonibare, The Swing (After Fragonard)

What might Shonibare wish to communicate by bringing together these “African” textiles with Fragonard’s Rococo images?

Kehinde Wiley, <em>Napoleon Leading the Army over the Alps</em>
Kehinde Wiley, Napoleon Leading the Army over the Alps

Wiley wryly places himself alongside the great master painters of history with his reimagined Napoleon.

Wangechi Mutu, <em>Preying Mantra</em>
Wangechi Mutu, Preying Mantra

Mutu uses collage as a medium for exploring being African and female.

Shirin Neshat, <em>Rebellious Silence, Women of Allah</em> series
Shirin Neshat, Rebellious Silence, Women of Allah series

Neshat’s series examines the complexities of women’s identities in the Middle East’s changing cultural landscape.

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