Forum Gallery, New York
New York, NY - December 1, 2007: Susan Hauptman will exhibit a series of new works on paper, both self-portraits and still-lifes, at Forum Gallery, New York, opening Thursday, December 14, 2006. Carefully-crafted, Hauptman's life-size charcoal self-portraits stare directly and unabashedly at her viewers, daring her audience to look at her directly. Her approach, however, is less confrontationalthan analytic, as she exposes every aspect of her persona in each successive work. The artist appears both naked and clothed, symbolically surrounded by the landscapes of her real and imagined lives. Hauptman’s capacity for frank self-revelation is unmatched, and her technical ability is unsurpassed.
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Eleanor Heartney has written "For Susan Hauptman, self-portraiture is an exercise in dispassionate observation. She notes that the use of her own face and body eliminates the need for certain decisions, thereby freeing her to focus instead on the formal elements like line and tone. In this respect her face becomes a neutral object…subject to the painter’s endless manipulations."
In the still-lifes, Hauptman illuminates and examines the objects that tempt, amuse and enrich her life as an artist. With deft execution, she draws them so that they seem to expand beyond the picture plane, taking on an intriguing larger-than-life quality for us as they do for her.
Susan Hauptman has worked, throughout her career only on paper and only in charcoal and pastel. She earned her B.F.A. from the University of Michigan and her M.F.A. from Wayne State University in Detroit. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, and held the Lamar Dodd Professorial Chair at the University of Georgia from 1997 through 2000. She has been a visiting artist at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; the University of California at Santa Barbara; the San Francisco Art Institute, CA; and Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY.
Hauptman’s work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock; and the Norton Gallery of Art, Palm Beach, FL. Her work is in the private collections of Glenn Janss, Richard Brown Baker, Robert Kogod, Lee Grant, Chase Manhattan Bank, Dean Witter, and Pacific Bell. She lives and works in New York City.
Opening reception for the artist on Thursday December 14th, 2006 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, at Forum Gallery, 745 Fifth Avenue at 57th Street, 5th Floor. A 32 page full-color catalogue accompanies the exhibition. Gallery hours are 10 am to 5:30 pm Tuesday through Saturday.