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Framing the Figure

Framing the Figure

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People have been capturing their own likeness for nearly 40,000 years. Beginning with simple, stylized  renderings before later permeating their subjects with sophistication and psychological depth, artists have continuously reinvented the genre to reflect the times in which they lived. Today, a new range of exciting and diverse voices has emerged to further reinvigorate this noble tradition. 

Framing the Figure presents an exciting selection of works from some of these new practitioners, together with established masters. From the flurried figures of Willem de Kooning to the quiet considerations of Alex Katz, and from the piercing narratives of Diane Arbus to the private, atmospheric world of Salman Toor, these works demonstrate the richness and continued importance of painting the human figure in defining and celebrating contemporary society.

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Vice President, Senior Specialist | Post-War & Contemporary Art

Joanna Szymkowiak is a Vice President, Senior Specialist in the Post-War and Contemporary Art department, focusing on business development for auction and private sales, as well as cultivating important client relationships. She joined Christie’s in 2011. During her time at the company, Joanna has been closely involved in the sale of key works by Joan Mitchell, including three of the top ten auction records for the artist, as well as Morris Louis, Hans Hofmann, Jackson Pollock, Wayne Thiebaud, Ed Ruscha and Alexander Calder. She has also been responsible for numerous breakout prices by artists including Ruth Asawa, Neil Jenney and Robert Colescott. Joanna earned her BA in International Letters and Visual Studies and in French from Tufts University as well as an MA degree from New York University.


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