American figurative art of the 1980s reflects both the old and the new in its content, form, and style. Its uniqueness is displayed in its ability to combine the traditional with new attitudes and emotional states. Artists included are: John Ahearn, Ellen Carey, William Crozier, Nancy Dwyer, Jedd Garet, Thomas Lawson, Robert Longo, Robert Mapplethorpe, Richard Prince, David Salle, Julian Schnabel, Cindy Sherman, and Michael Zwack. The exhibition was organized as the U.S. entry for the Sao Paolo Biennale but, due to a dispute with the organizers, it did not appear there, instead touring several cities in South America after its presentation at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Includes essays by Linda L. Cathcart and Craig Owens; portraits of each artist by Robert Mapplethorpe; and documentation on the artists’ careers.
1984. 122 pages, 67 black-and-white reproductions.