Sarah Awad, Untitled (Seated Woman V), 2013
Oil on canvas, 72 x 54 inches
(courtesy the Artist and Diane Rosenstein Fine Art, Los Angeles)

Panel Discussion with Sarah Awad, Alexander Kroll and John Millei
Moderated by Farrah Karapetian
July 20, 2013 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

On the occasion of our First Anniversary exhibition, Diane Rosenstein Fine Art invites gallery artist Sarah Awad and artists Alexander Kroll and John Millei to LIVE NUDE GIRLS! — a Panel discussion moderated by Farrah Karapetian regarding the role of the figure in the contemporary space of painting.

In her recent paintings, Awad has interpreted nudes from the drawings and sculptures of artists such as Aristide Maillol and Richard Diebenkorn. She focuses on the investment in the nude and the classical form as a tradition in art making. In earlier work, Awad painted museum interiors as landscape, and noticed that the sculptures in these landscapes disrupted each site. She began to isolate these figures from the institutional setting and re-embed them into the space of painting, deploying flat color, modeled form, and lyrical line with equal attention to figure and ground.

Awad poses the question, then, to her panelists: “Is the figure the locus of the life of an artwork, sought after even by those who have abandoned representation for purely abstract work?”

Added by:
drosenstein on July 17, 2013