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One of the few contemporary painters to focus exclusively on the figure, John Currin is among the most provocative artists of his generation. Inspired by a broad range of historical and contemporary sources, from Italian Renaissance art to twentieth-century advertisements and fashion magazines, his work both references and examines the tradition of painting itself. During the past three decades, Currin has remained dedicated to exploring the medium, demonstrating unparalleled technical virtuosity while producing bold portraits, nudes, and genre scenes.
In this ninth Annenberg Lecture, Currin speaks about his work in conversation with Donna De Salvo, the Whitney’s Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Programs. In honor of the late Walter H. Annenberg, a noted supporter of the arts and former U.S. ambassador to Britain, the Whitney Museum of American Art established the Walter Annenberg Annual Lecture to advance this country’s understanding of its art and culture. Support for this lecture and for public programs at the Whitney Museum is provided, in part, by Jack and Susan Rudin in honor of Beth Rudin DeWoody, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and by the Museum’s Education Committee.