Personal Identities/Contemporary Portraits

November 4 –December 12, 2010

The University Art Gallery at Sonoma State University is pleased to present the exhibition, Personal Identities/Contemporary Portraits, which opens with a public reception on Thursday, November 4, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and remains on view through December 12, 2010. The exhibition will include approximately 30 works in a variety of media by an exciting group of regional, national, and internationally recognized artists: Robert Arneson, Aziz + Cucher, Robert Bechtle, Ray Beldner, Mike Brodie (aka The Polaroid Kidd), Adam Chapman, Francesco Clemente, Chuck Close, Binh Danh, Eric Fischl, Jim Goldberg, Keith Hale, Todd Hido, Gabriel Klasmer, Jessamyn Lovell, Caitlin Mitchell-Dayton, Catherine Opie, Deborah Oropallo, Elizabeth Peyton, Rigo 92, Raymond Saunders, Lincoln Schatz, John Sonsini, William Tucker, Ray Turner, Andy Warhol, and Kehinde Wiley.

It is a mark of contemporary life that personal identities have become increasingly complex and are in a state of constant redefinition. Similarly, contemporary art continues to evolve and redefine itself while simultaneously becoming more heterogeneous and at times more ambiguous. The portrait is art's attempt to account for identity, to make sense of what it means to be an individual, often through the creation of a reasonable likeness that captures something unique about its subject. Personal Identities/Contemporary Portraits will demonstrate how a diverse group of artists have each negotiated the issues of identity and representation that come together in 20th and 21st century portraiture.

Ray Turner
George, 2009
oil on glass
16 panels @ 12" x 12"