June 10 - August 12, 2012
Untitled (L.A. Portrait), 2000
C-print and acrylic on board
Collection of RBC Wealth Management
The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin presents a compelling look at the human condition in The Human Touch, an exhibition of 40 contemporary paintings, sculptures and works on paper from the corporate art collection of RBC Wealth Management.
On view June 10 – August 12, the exhibition features representations of the human form in all its variety, ranging from whimsical to provocative, large scale to small, and across media. Featured artists include John Baldessari, Chuck Close, Roland Fischer, Nan Goldin, Elizabeth Peyton, and Kehinde Wiley, among others.
Blanton director Simone Wicha states, “We are delighted to bring this collection to Austin and are grateful to our friends at RBC Wealth Management for their ongoing support of the visual arts. This exhibition will offer Blanton visitors the opportunity to explore concepts of self and identity as they experience a rich diversity of visual representations of the human figure by contemporary artists.”
Whether a striking portrait, figure study or scene of human narrative, the works in The Human Touch offer intimate investigations of the human spirit. Highlights include ethereal photographs from Nan Goldin and Lalla Essaydi, and a chocolate syrup painting that was created and later photographed by Vik Muniz. Prints from Chuck Close, Roy Lichtenstein and Elizabeth Peyton showcase a range of artistic approaches, and mixed media works from Kerry James Marshall, Hung Liu and Gajin Fujita explore topics such as social status and family lineage.
Don McNeil, curator of the collection and exhibition, explains that RBC collects works that focus on the human figure because they recognize man’s need to understand the human condition and believe that the human form remains its most direct manifestation. "The earliest known drawings and sculptures depicted human and animal figures. These artistic expressions centered on matters most important to early man — success in the hunt and fertility. As society evolved, the human figure maintained its importance in artistic endeavors and is the major focal point in artistic expression to this day."
“RBC Wealth Management has a long-term commitment to stewardship, and we constantly strive to strengthen our relationships through our giving programs, volunteerism and charitable sponsorships,” said John Taft, CEO of RBC Wealth Management, U.S. “By bringing The Human Touch to Austin, we have the unique opportunity to share our support of the arts with our clients, friends and community members.”
The Human Touch: Selections from the RBC Wealth Management Collection