The Penetrating Gaze

  • Feb 23, 2013 – Jun 16, 2013
  • The Gregory D. Ivy Gallery, The Weatherspoon Guild Gallery
Robert Philipp, "Portrait of a Man", 1968, oil on canvas, 10 x 8 in.
Museum purchase with funds from the Benefactors Fund, 1977.

If looks can kill, then the images in this exhibition need to come with a warning.  As windows to the soul, the eyes tell it all. Fitting then that the artworks in this exhibition, many of which are self-portraits, show figures with intense expressions. Their penetrating gazes trigger an exchange or mental interaction between the viewer and subject.  All this intensity, however, does not necessarily signal mental imbalance, but rather reflects the potency of the sitters’ emotions. Gaze into their eyes and see if you can measure the depth of the forces within them. 


Related programs:

Educators Workshop: Mind Expanding Self-Portraiture • Sat Mar 2 @ 10am

Art for Lunch: Curator Talk • Wed Mar 27 @ 12pm

Noon @ the 'Spoon • Tue Apr 9 @ 12pm

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