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Center for Contemporary Printmaking Annual Members’ Exhibition- Portraits In Print

The annual exhibition of over 50 original fine art prints, by artist/members of the Center for Contemporary Printmaking opens with a reception, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2 to 5 p.m. Exhibition continues through March 31. A well-executed portrait is expected to show the inner essence of the subject (from the artist’s point of view), not just a literal likeness. The portrait genre intent is to depict the visual appearance of the subject. Portraits can be of individuals, couples, parents and children, families, or collegial groups. Beside human beings, animals, pets and even inanimate objects can be chosen as the subject for a portrait. Sometimes, a portrait includes inanimate objects that refer to the subject’s identity.

The contemporary world of art and fashion is seeing a resurgence of portrait art. This new portraiture has often meant an indirect approach to the genre, even a conceptual one, or has used the subject as a foil, with portraits serving, to comment on larger issues: individual identity, social inequities, politics, celebrity obsession and the genre of portraiture itself.

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Ryan Odinak