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ON VIEW GET FACE (TO GAIN RESPECT; TO INCREASE ONE’S STATUS) Through January 8 Marshall and Hendler Galleries

Although the portrait has experienced many incarnations throughout history, one thread has consistently woven itself through all forms of self-representation: the universal urge, conscious or not, to purposefully fashion one’s exterior self. Get Face (To Gain Respect; To Increase One’s Status) explores the wide-ranging implications of this desire, and the questions that proliferate in its wake. What does it mean to deliberately forge one’s own image? Which parts of ourselves do we want people to see, and why? Which parts of ourselves are calculated, and what can we deem “authentic”? The exhibition draws from all nine collecting areas of Phoenix Art Museum’s collection—American, Asian, contemporary, European, fashion design, Latin American, modern, photography, and Western American—to explore the broad themes that representation passes through and emerges from, often changed or sculpted for the viewer’s benefit.

Horacio Zabala, Anteproyectos de hipótesis II (Draft Sketches for Hypotheses II) (detail), 2010-2011. Pencil and acrylic on paper. Courtesy of the artist and Henrique Faria, New York and Buenos Aires, and Estudio Giménez-Duhau.


This exhibition is the first expansive overview of Argentine artist Horacio Zabala’s work at a major U.S. museum. Mapping the Monochrome features 45 artworks from the 1970s to today, including two site-specific pieces created exclusively for Phoenix Art Museum. Zabala (born Buenos Aires, 1943) was one of the most important conceptual artists to emerge in Argentina during the latter part of the 20th century, and is still a revolutionary today. Educated as an architect, in his artwork he has consistently explored how space is defined. This exhibition is a journey through his past and present artistic production, from distorted maps of South America to monochromatic canvases mapped in sequences upon the wall. As he remarked, “The work of art is a navigable surface and at the same time an instrument of navigation. You know as well as I that a good journey always transforms the traveler.” Erica Deeman, Untitled 10, 2013.Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco.


The exhibiton catalogue was produced in collaboration with the Buenos Aires Museo Colección Fortabat, and is the first bilingual English-Spanish publication produced by Phoenix Art Museum to feature original research. The exhibition is made possible by the generosity of Shawn and Joe Lampe.


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Phoenix Art Museum Magazine  

November 2016 - February 2017

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