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Author Romulo Royo

43.0 x 60.5 cm / 16.93 x 23.82 inch



Acrylic with airbrush and oil on paper.

Painted surface 27 x 45 cm (10.63 x 17.72 in ) in a format of 43 x 60.5 cm (16.93 x 23.82 in)

Year of realization 1998

Signed on the bottom left of the piece.


Work published on cover in Settimanale di fumetti Lanciostory (Italy) magazine.

Figurative painting, it seems, is destined to be contemporary art’s perennial sidepiece: always available for a fling, never for very long. The last time one could admit to a passion for it without committing social suicide in the art world was probably around 2003, when the painter John Currin had his midcareer survey at the Whitney Museum of American Art, in New York. Currin, known for injecting new ideas into age-old images of the body, was handsome, successful, and youthful. His peers were also of the moment: Elizabeth Peyton palled around with Marc Jacobs, and George Condo bedeviled collectors with lewd portraiture. The year before Currin’s retrospective, an exhibition curated by Alison Gingeras at the Centre Pompidou, in Paris, “Dear Painter, Paint Me…Painting the Figure Since Late Picabia,” had opened to acclaim. As the critic Roberta Smith observed in TheNew York Times, “reports of painting’s death have been exaggerated for about 30 years.”

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