In the 20th century, the human figure has been configured and reconfigured, sometimes in respectful studies, other times in barely recognizable abstractions. Alberto Giacometti created attenuated bronze sculptures, men and women who seemed to be stretched into surrealist shadows. Francis Bacon brought out the animal in man, depicting body parts as raw, red pieces of flesh. Picasso played with space and geometry, distorting features to mesmerizing effect. Spanning two locations, this exhibition explores faces and figures with a stellar lineup of artists: Frank Auerbach, Bacon, Georg Baselitz, Alexander Calder, George Condo, Willem de Kooning, Eric Fischl, Giacometti, Mark Grotjahn, Martin Kippenberger, Robert Mapplethorpe, Picasso, Richard Prince, Thomas Schütte, Cindy Sherman, and Andy Warhol. Giacometti’s final masterpiece, Buste d’homme assis (Lotar III), is also on display. —E.C.
This show spans both the gallery’s New York and East Hampton spaces
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