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