A lot of artists focused on the human body, representing and exploring it from different points of view, which has increased figurative art‘s notoriety and popularity in the last years! I Lobo You has gathered five art exhibitions that are currently featuring figurative artworks from different contemporary artists, across the United States. These art exhibitions expose how today’s unstable times are shaping contemporary art.
Jonathan Meese at David Nolan Gallery, New York
Jonathan Meese’s newest paintings, sculptures, and drawings represent a variety of personas, forms, and personalities. Through a journey of self-discovery, the artist conjures devils, dragons, and messiahs on what he calls “the dictatorship of art.” He embraces childish instincts to fight the reality of the world. Some of his impressive artworks are now at David Nolan Gallery, New York.
Maia Cruz Palileo at Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago
During college, Maia Cruz Palileo recreated her immigrant grandparents’ living room for an art exhibition, and her interest in digging into her family history beginning after this. The artist explores her Filipino heritage and the colonial history between the U.S. and the Philippines, through old photos and cultural archives documents. In the latest art exhibition, Palileo reconstructs visual stories, with her paintings and develops subjects from colonialist histories, and reanimating them with her new narratives!
Cindy Sherman at Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles
Cindy Sherman started her journey through the art world with Instagram. The artist shoots selfies in a variety of settings, and applied Facetune, along with other photo editing tools, to produce a collection of strange characters. She began to transfer these online artworks into large-scale tapestries! The new L.A. art exhibition features eleven works that were fabricated in Belgium over the past three years. Made of cotton, wool, acrylic, and polyester, each tapestry represents a different character.
James English Leary at Nina Johnson, Miami
James English Leary works with a sense of humor and keeps shaping the art world. His paintings challenge the boundary between abstraction and figuration while playing with psychological associations. In the current art exhibition at Nina Johnson, Miami, seven paintings portray a pointing hand overlaid by a face in profile, called Pointer. Unusual and crazy yet curiously compelling, Leary’s colorful paintings are poetically entertaining.
Christian Marclay at Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
For 40 years, Christian Marclay has been working on the fusion of fine art and audio cultures, turning elements of sound, film, and other pre-existing media into art! His current art exhibition takes this interest to the next level, it’s informed by an emotional response to the COVID-19 pandemic, systemic racism, climate change, and other political issues troubling the world. Marclay scanned several collages to create editioned digital chromogenic prints.