Likeness: Portraits of Artists By Other Artists
January 19 - May 1, 2005
Over forty years ago, Andy Warhol promoted the concept that artists are celebrities, just as worthy of portrayal as other cultural icons. Likeness: Portraits of Artists by Other Artists begins where Warhol left off. Presenting visually striking and conceptually diverse works in a range of mediums, Likeness is the first exhibition to propose a recent history of artists' representations of other artists—of friends, peers, and idols. With works created during the past three decades by artists active in such cities as Berlin, London, Los Angeles and New York, this exhibition also portrays the social dynamics of certain recent milieus of contemporary art. This exhibition presents over fifty paintings, drawings, photographs, and several works in other media. Among the included works are Robert Mapplethorpe's photograph of Louise Bourgeois, Deborah Kass's silkscreen of Cindy Sherman as Liza Minelli, Elizabeth Peyton's painting of David Hockney, Felix Gonzales-Torres's textual portrait of Julie Ault, and Tacita Dean's film Mario Merz.
Likeness: Portraits of Artists by Other Artists was co-organized by California College of Arts Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, and Independent Curators International (ICI), New York. The guest curator was Matthew Higgs.