PORTRAIT OBSCUREDgroup show
San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art
01. March 2002
|Gottfried Helnwein, John Lennon, 1994
oil and acrylic on canvas,
courtesy Modernism, San Francisco
ABOUT FACE - PORTRAIT ARTISTS FIND WAYS TO DISTILL PERSONALITY BY OBSCURING28. March 2002
The Merkury News
`The Portrait Obscured,'' the current exhibit at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, where 19 artists have all but forgone the portrait entirely in their pursuit of it.
The exhibit's signature pieces are two paintings by the Austrian painter Gottfried Helnwein.
A bit of perceptual sleight of hand, two seemingly blue-black canvases on close inspection reveal portraits of John Lennon and Bruce Lee.
Portraits obscured, to be sure, and perhaps a meditation on how unknowable are the famous by their famous faces.