Elizabeth Peyton "Live Forever"

The New Museum of Contemporary Art

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Live Forever: Elizabeth Peyton" is the first survey of Elizabeth Peyton's work in an American institution. The survey will include more than 100 works made over the past fifteen years.

Peyton's oeuvre can be read in chapters, each of which feature portraits of friends, family, personal heroes, and fleeting passions. "Live Forever: Elizabeth Peyton" will offer a visual biography of the artist, and at the same time create a snapshot of the popular culture of the past decade.

From her earliest portraits of musicians like Kurt Cobain, Liam Gallagher, and Jarvis Cocker to more recent paintings featuring friends and figures from the worlds of art, fashion, cinema, and politics including Rirkrit Tiravanija, Matthew Barney, and Marc Jacobs, Elizabeth Peyton's body of work presents a chronicle of America at the end of the last century. A painter of modern life, Peyton's small, jewel-like portraits are also intensely empathetic, intimate, and even personal. Together, her works capture an artistic zeitgeist that reflects the cultural climate of the late-twentieth and early-twenty-first centuries.

[Image: Elizabeth Peyton “Piotr on Couch” (1996) Oil on board 9 x 12 in.]



from October 08, 2008 to January 11, 2009

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    perke: (2008-10-09 at 09:10)

    Calvin Tomkins wrote a profile of Elizabeth Peyton in the New Yorker. It's not available online, but a slide show is http://www.newyorker.com/online/2008/10/06/slideshow_081006_peyton?slide=1#showHeader

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