November 7, 2009 through January 17, 2010

Enchantment focused on Romanticism and the figure in academic art with paintings from the late nineteenth century alongside works by contemporary artists who utilize the genre to engage in wider themes.

The exhibition included painters and illustrators who are dedicated, to some degree or another, to the rigors of the academy, characterized by a formal process of copying prints from past masters, drawing from plaster casts, and drawing and painting from a nude model. Strictly speaking, drawing was the foundation of all academic painting; there was a hierarchy of subjects such as history and mythology, with emphasis on detail through an idealized lens.

Others in the exhibition use contemporary methods to embrace and subvert these themes. This includes combining the subject from one masterpiece with the style from another; artists who mine the past to create paintings that reinterpret old themes in today’s visual language; use allegorical references to depict contemporary events; through photography, explore the transition between the authentic work of art and its reproduction; exaggerate the idealization of form and subject using humor and irony; depict recognizable contemporary figures as heroic icons from the past.

Artists featured in the exhibition include:
Philip Akkerman, Bo Bartlett, Robert Bauer, Antoine-Louis Barye, Adolphe-William Bouguereau, Gail Boyajian, Frederick Arthur Bridgman, Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse, Louis-Robert Carrier-Belleuse, Sue Coe, Dean Cornwell, Benjamin Cottam, Kinuko Y. Craft, Gustave Doré, Walter Everett, Paul Fenniak, Walton Ford, Paul Césaire Gairot, Wilhelm Gause, Jean-Léon Gérôme, Sir John Gilbert, RA, Gregory Gillespie, James Gurney, Julie Heffernan, Tom Hunter, Jennifer Knaus, Alison Moritsugu, Odd Nerdrum, Graydon Parrish, Howard Pyle, Sabeen Raja, Briton Rivière, Jenny Scobel, Sandra Scolnik, Magnus von Plessen, Yuqi Wang, Patricia Watwood, N.C. Wyeth, and Kehinde Wiley.

This Distinguished Artists Symposiuim and Exhibition was curated and organized by Zina Davis. Peter Trippi, Editor of FineArt Connoisseur magazine contributed the catalog essay and collaborated on the exhibition.

The sixth Distinguished Artist Symposium and Exhibition: Enchantment

Symposium: November 6, 2009
Featuring James Gurney, Alison Moritsugu, Graydon Parrish, Patricia Watwood, and Dr. David Farmer, moderated by Peter Trippi

November 4, 2009, Julie Heffernan
November 5, 2009, Peter Trippi

Photography by David Stansbury Photography