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The Human Figure in Art – Curated by C. David Swanson

November 1, 2018 - November 24, 2018

The human figure in art has over the centuries been central and primary as a subject in paintings especially sculpture. During the twentieth century, in particular, this has changed. With the advent of abstraction in art and the eventual movement of Abstract Expressionism in Germany, spreading throughout Europe, and somewhat later, in America, in what became known as the New York School of Abstract Expressionism, the figure receded in importance, or became abstracted often to the point of near unrecognizability. 

Figuration in art today is enjoying a resurgence, both in the academic art world and in the popular taste, especially in the genre of Western Art.  Often it occurs in wildlife or depictions of frontier characterizations of cowboys or Native Americans.  What I wanted to do in this show is to keep it to the interpretation of the human figure in its various applications in painting, drawing, and sculpture today.  It is my belief that the human form is and will always remain of central importance to art, as it is, after all, what we are most interested in:  us.  So, regardless of fashion in art, it can be counted on to be of interest to the viewing public, however, it is utilized compositionally or crafted, from portraiture, to period interpretations and costumery, to the elegant nude itself.  It is a glorious creation and paramount among all creatures, so how can it not be everlasting as important subject matter in art, the study and propagation of beauty itself?

Contemplation by Joe Wayne

– Curatorial Statement by C. David Swanson.

Artwork by Dana Aaberg, Valerie Amon, Susan Blackwood, Howard Friedland, John Garre, Justin Hsu, Tandy Miles Riddle, and Joe Wayne.

Reception will take place on November 16th from 6-8pm.

The Livingston Center for Art and Culture will be closed for regular business both Thursday, November 22ndand Friday, November 23rd. We are home celebrating an artful and thankful holiday. We will re-open for extended hours on Saturday, November 24th for #ShopSmallSaturday; 10:30 to 5 pm.

Thank you so much for your understanding.


November 1, 2018
November 24, 2018
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Livingston Center for Art and Culture
119 South Main Street
Livingston, MT 59047