The title suggests that there is a logical nextstep, or the leaving behind of a tradition or the known. The truth is that thenext step in progressive figuration respects the past without being beholdingto it. It takes advantage of centuries-worth of invention and experimentationto create works that build on and go beyond historical norms.Beyond Figuration makes it clear thatprogressive figurative artists can have their cake and eat it too. Beingvisually articulate, aware of art history and engaged with contemporary cultureis what is expected of the artists in this exhibition.
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