Last Chance: Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2006

Today is your last opportunity to see this year’s Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition at the National Portrait Gallery. The exhibition features the work of 51 artists selected as finalists in the Portrait Gallery’s first national portrait competition.

My favorite is the Olmec inspired Large Head by Nina Levy:

Olmec head

Now just imagine this work as she describes it in her Artist Statement:

This head is a portrait of my son Archer at almost two years old. I originally sculpted it as a part of a larger site-specific installation called Toss. In February of 2006, the head was suspended in the center of the two-story gallery space at Metaphor Contemporary Art in Brooklyn. It was flanked front and back by a male and a female figure, both headless and swinging as if on a trapeze, tossing the head between them.

Ain’t that trippy? And just one more reason to get your ass to the National Portrait Gallery now!

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