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Big Picture    Jan 28 - Mar 9, 2014

Quixote
Vincent Desiderio
Quixote
 
Corrida in Ronda
Eric Fischl
Corrida in Ronda
 
Krefeeld Project, Living Room, Scene 1
Eric Fischl
Krefeeld Project, Living Room, Scene 1
 
Hausmeister
Neo Rauch
Hausmeister
 
Bleach
Jenny Saville
Bleach
 
 
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(New York, NY - November 23, 2013) This winter, the New York Academy of Art is pleased to present Big Picture , an ambitious group show featuring Vincent Desiderio, Eric Fischl, Neo Rauch, Jenny Saville and Mark Tansey , five of today’s most compelling figurative artists. Shown together for the first time, Big Picture explores monumentality in contemporary art through the lens of figurative painting traditions. Proving that figurative art is deeply conceptual and engaged with the world of ideas, each of these artists capture the most salient issues of their day through narratives that not only resonate with viewers but demand the world’s attention. Opening January 28, 2014 , Big Picture will remain on view until March 2, 2014 at the Academy’s Wilkinson Gallery in New York City .

Continuing the varied traditions of figurative art, Vincent Desiderio, Eric Fischl, Ne o R auch, Jenny Saville and Mark Tansey share the belief that painting is central to the discourse of contemporary art. All active agents in the Academy’s community, these artists challenge contemporary art - making one large painting at a time. Each artist us es scale to achieve radically different outcomes with references to history painting, abstract expressionism and the figurative tradition. By using size to draw attention to contemporary ideas on a grand scale, these Big Picture artists seize the opportuni ty to create their own legacy within art history.

Vince Desiderio uses monumentality as a daring comparison to traditions of greatness, and succeeds on his own terms. Whether he’s painting multiple figures rolling around in bed or creating Post - Modern allego ries, Desiderio’s mastery and visual intelligence place him among the great epic painters.

Scale acts like a film projector in the work of Eric Fischl . From the intimate, where couples argue, to the drama of the bullfighting arena, Fischl uses scale to speak to the cinematic qualities of life.

The true genius of Neo Rauch’s work is found in his formal ingenuity, which is best experienced on a grand scale that allows him to go toe - to - toe with abstract formalists like Willem de Kooning and Hans Hoffman. The visual conundrums in Rauch ’ s work lure the view into a ha lf - hidden world that fuses nineteenth century references within a contemporary context.

The loaded brush and the full - body gestures of Jenny Saville’s paintings are most often associated with the Abstract Exp ressionists. By turning the heroic lens on the intimately human experience of the body, Saville both validates and questions the chest thumping of Mid - Century Modernism.

Mark Tansey uses scale to ensnare the viewer in a web of conflicting visual system s. It is a process of linguistic bait - and - switch that entices the viewer into an epic arena, only to find that the most potent experience is to be had in the careful unraveling of a series of puzzles.

Big Picture is generously supported by Cadogan Tate

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Wilkinson Gallery at the New York Academy of Art is located at 111 Franklin St reet between West Broadway and Church in Tribeca. Transportation options: A, C, E train to Canal Street; 1 train to Franklin Street. The gallery is free and open to the public from 2:00 - 8:00pm or by appointment. It is closed Wednesdays and holidays. F or further inquiries please contact Liz B. Hobson, (212) 842 - 5966 or liz@nyaa.edu

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