The Roving Eye: Aura and the Contemporary Portrait

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Oakland University


Excerpt from essay by Dick Goody: This exhibition explores the work of international contemporary artists (temporarily or permanently) fixated with portraiture. It considers: the sitter (object), the artist (depicter) and the viewer (subject). By degrees, these three things are inextricably linked; but it is the artist and the object that she or he renders that takes precedence in the sense that the viewer’s role is not active in the making of the work.


Catalog of an exhibition held at the Oakland University Art Gallery, January 12 – March 31, 2013. Contains essay by Dick Goody.


Oakland University Art Gallery, Oakland University. College of Arts and Sciences, Exhibition catalogs, Kresge Foundation, Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, Becker, Noah, Borremans, Michaël, Burton, Jeff, Bush, Andrew, Dorn, Kent, Dumas, Charlotte, Duong, Anh, Gonnord, Pierre, Grossman, Debbie, Guenther, Andrew, Laing, Rosemary, Lux, Loretta, Schuman, Scott, Shrigley, David, Vlčková, Tereza, Watson, Matthew, Wittenberg, Nicole, Yiadom-Boakye, Lynette