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Jeremy Lipking, "The Musician," oil on canvas, 16 x 12 in. Copyright Jeremy Lipking

Masculinity Takes Center Stage in "The Man Show"



What does it mean to be a man in the 21st century? A new exhibition of figurative art at California Lutheran University offers a host of unique artistic responses to this ambitious question.


Artist Steven DaLuz at work on "Searching…"
 
California Lutheran University's Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture hosts a compelling art exhibition with the aim of picturing the 21st-century man. Brazenly titled The Man Show, this exhibition features some of the finest figurative artists working today. The impressive list includes Béla Bácsi, Michael Lynn Adams, Steven DaLuz, Felicia Forte, Sean Ghobad, Pam Hawkes, David Kassan, Jeremy Lipking, Alexandra Manukyan, Carolin Peters, Tony Pro, and Alexey Steele.


Sean Ghobad, "Ooming," colored pencil on artagain paper, 5 x 7 in. © Sean Ghobad
 
The Man Show finds its origins in a 2011 exhibition at CLU titled The New Romantic Figure, from which male figures were conspicuously absent. This lacuna caused Kwan Fong curator Michael Pearce to wonder whether men were being neglected as artistic subjects, and then to pursue the question of how one represents the 21st-century man. Pearce invited some of the finest figurative artists in California and around the world to contribute works toward providing some answers to these interesting questions. The result was The Man Show
 

Alexey Steele, "My Father, Leonid Steele," oil on canvas, 48 x 60 in. © Alexey Steele
 
Displayed artworks represent men in a variety of postures, perhaps reflecting the expanded roles of men in 21st-century society. In The Man Show one will find rebels, artists, patriarchs, dreamers, tough guys, sensitive types, et cetera.


Michael Lynn Adams, "In the Shadow of the Pantheon," oil on canvas, 23 x 48 in. © Michael Lynn Adams


Tony Pro, "Il Comico Divino," oil on canvas, 40 x 30 in. © Tony Pro
 
The Man Show will be on view through April 18. CLU's Kwan Fong Gallery is located in the Soiland Humanities Center on the south side of Memorial Parkway on the Thousand Oaks campus. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday. CLU's Art Department is sponsoring the free exhibit. For more information, visit www.callutheran.edu or call Michael Pearce at 805.444.7716.
 
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