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Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures in American Art

Elizabeth Peyton
Untitled Lecture
October 12, 2011, 7 p.m.

Elizabeth Peyton

Elizabeth Peyton - Photo by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin

Elizabeth Peyton uses rich, gem-like colors and masterful graphic precision to create visually arresting portraits of fellow artists, friends, and cultural icons. She is widely recognized for bringing new dimensions to figurative painting in the 1990s and is among the most celebrated painters of her generation. Her works reflect intense emotional fascination with her subjects, while contemplating the modern nature of fame and celebrity. In 2011, she was featured in solo exhibitions at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum in St. Louis; the Opelvillen Foundation in Rüsselsheim, Germany; Gallery Met in New York City; and the Gagosian Gallery in Paris.

She has shown extensively in exhibitions worldwide, and her works are included in major public collections such as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and MoMA in New York City; Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris; SFMOMA in San Francisco; the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis; and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. Peyton was born in Danbury, CT and lives and works in New York City.

Free tickets are required for this lecture, and are available beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 12 in the museum's G Street Lobby.


Watch the archived webcast of Elizabeth Peyton's talk on
October 12 at 7 p.m.

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