The Handwerker Gallery’s latest exhibition, “First Person, Twice Removed,” dazzles with abstract pieces.
Students in art history now have an opportunity to get hands-on experience in museums and learn what it takes to make it in a museum or gallery. Beginning this semester, a concentration in museum studies has been made available to art history majors.
It can’t be seen in the carved, wooden mask depicting a squashed human face. It isn’t evident in the contemporary painting that presents a woman in a brightly colored robe with wild criss-cross brushstrokes.
Amid the soaring city skylines depicted in gradients of grays, blacks and whites, the limbs of construction workers parallel the lines of the majestic building they are working on, the Empire State Building. The most striking part of the photograph, however, is not the architecture but its human counterparts — the workers.
The figure is one of the most fundamental parts of human existence. Artists spend lifetimes studying it. They learn its different lines, angles, curves and shades. Then they spend the rest of their career drawing, painting and experimenting, all just to find ways of interpreting it.