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Bodies of Work

June 17, 2017 – February 18, 2019
East Building, Upper Level

Kerry James Marshall, Voyager, 1992

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

The phrase body of work refers to the production of a single artist, writer, or composer. So does corpus (Latin for body) and oeuvre (French for work). Such terms become literal through the artist’s depiction of the body itself. Made over the past 50 years, the works of art in this installation reimagine the human form as a site of fantasy, fear, and travail. As the critic Britt Julious reminds us, “Art is as much about labor as it is about interpretation.”

Taken together, these paintings and sculptures suggest just how much contemporary artists continue to grapple with the many different ways that the body has figured in the history of art and broader historical narratives.

The exhibition is curated by Molly Donovan, curator of art, 1975–present, National Gallery of Art.

Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Online Feature: Bodies of Work

Antoni, Janine
Bahamian, 1964 -
Benglis, Lynda
American, 1941 -
Bleckner, Ross
American, 1949 -
Close, Chuck
American, 1940 -
Gonzalez-Torres, Felix
American, 1957 - 1996
Hamilton, Ann
American, 1956 -
Hendricks, Barkley Leonnard
American, 1945 - 2017
Johns, Jasper
American, 1930 -
Kim, Byron
American, 1961 -
Ligon, Glenn
American, 1960 -
Marshall, Kerry James
American, 1955 -
Rozeal (formerly known as iona rozeal brown)
American, 1966 -
Shechet, Arlene
American, 1951 -
Shonibare, Yinka
British, 1962 -
Smith, Kiki
American, 1954 -
Thompson, Bob
American, 1937 - 1966
Warhol, Andy
American, 1928 - 1987