Image credits: John Currin, Hot Pants, 2010, The Broad Art Foundation, Santa Monica, © John Currin, courtesy Gagosian Gallery, photography by Robert McKeever; Jean-Étienne Liotard, Portrait of John, Lord Mountstuart, later 4th Earl and 1st Marquess of Bute (detail), 1763, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
“…When I was trying to change myself into a figurative painter, I was more drawn to the rococo and the other damned souls of art history.” – John Currin
Artist John Currin joins James Cuno, president and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust, to discuss how traditional portraiture has influenced Currin's modern interpretation of the form. Co-presented with The Broad's The Un-Private Collection art talk series and the Getty Museum's Getty Perspectives series, their conversation will consider Currin's works in the Broad collections and classic European paintings and drawings in the Getty collection.
Currin emerged in the 1990s as one of the freshest voices in American art and was among a wave of contemporary artists who established a renewed interest in portraiture. Drawing from sources as diverse as Northern Renaissance paintings and pinup magazines, he is known for his distortions of the human figure and his critiques of societal ideals of beauty. Currin is also known for his contemporary renditions of old master poses and formats that often conflate opposing sensibilities—vaulted taste with vulgarity, sentimentality with irony, and conventional beauty with banality. Often rife with art historical references and suggestions, Currin’s work overlays with the Getty’s mission as an institution dedicated to critical thinking in the presentation, conservation, and interpretation of the world's artistic legacy.
This event is now sold out. A standby line will be available the night of the event at the Getty Center. The talk will also be livestreamed on our website. Check back here on September 14 at 3 p.m. PST to watch it live online.
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