John Currin

Kissers, 2006
Oil on canvas
23 x 25 inches

In a recent exhibition at the Gagosian Gallery, New York, Currin once again dazzled viewers with his humorous mannerist works. In Currin’s latest series he continues his exploration of the history of figurative art and popular culture. Currin has mined diverse sources such as Old Master portraits, 1970s Playboy magazine advertisements, and mid-twentieth century film. These technically laborious works were achieved through a close study and emulation of the compositional devices, graphic rhythms and refined surfaces of sixteenth and seventeenth century European painting. The results of fusing these techniques with contemporary content ranging from popular eroticism to mail-order porcelain creates a body of work that is both attractive and repellent at the same time. Currin and new artists like him seem to be forging forth, rejecting the sanitzed, banal institutional works before them by creating aesthetic, highly charged content driven works.