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Some People

Introduction

Cheim & Read is pleased to present Some People, a thematic group exhibition that explores portraiture from the 1930s to the present day, and features over thirty artists. The show opens on Thursday, February 24, and will remain on view through June 4 at the gallery’s uptown location, 23 East 67th Street in New York.

The title of the show is borrowed from the song by Stephen Sondheim and Jule Styne for the 1959 Broadway musical, Gypsy. Through painting, drawing, printmaking, and photography, this exhibition looks to examine a broad range of cultural influences and historical predecessors in the portrait that can be traced across five decades.

The earliest examples are a 1939 oil portrait of a young girl by Chaïm Soutine, and an ink and wash drawing of a woman’s face by Tsuguharu Foujita from 1949. These important works will be presented alongside very recent works coming directly from young artists’ studios, such as Jeremy Jaspers, Boris Torres, Cum Wizard 69420, and Nicole Wittenberg.

Through inference and context, this generous presentation draws out historical precedents and cultural influences among the artists. In this free association, the some thirty-six works on view join together in the continuously evolving formal and psychological conversation about what a portrait is and what it could be.

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SO.41446 Soutine GIRL AT FENCE
SO.41446 Soutine GIRL AT FENCE

Chaim Soutine (1893 – 1943)
Girl At Fence, 1939
Oil on canvas on board
29 3/8 x 19 1/4 inches
74.6 x 48.9 centimeters
CR# SO.41446

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GC.41457 Condo THE GARDENER

George Condo
The Gardener, 2019
Oil and pigment stick on linen
80 x 84 inches
203.2 x 213.4 centimeters
CR# GC.41457

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AR.5057 Arbus PUERTO RICAN WOMAN WITH BEAUTY MARK

Diane Arbus (1923 - 1971)
Puerto Rican Woman With A Beauty Mark, N.Y.C., 1965
Vintage gelatin silver print
14 x 11 inches
35.6 x 27.9 centimeters
CR# AR.5057

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BH.12975 Baechler CROWD STUDY #2
BH.12975 Baechler CROWD STUDY #2

Donald Baechler
Crowd Study #2, 2006
Gesso, flashe, graphite and paper collage on paper
52 x 40 inches
132.1 x 101.6 centimeters
CR# BH.12975

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BA.12247 Basquiat PORTRAIT OF JOEL BERNARD

Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960 - 1988)
Portrait of Joel Bernard, 1983
Acrylic, graphite and colored pencil on paper
42 x 30 inches
106.7 x 76.2 centimeters
CR# BA.12247

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BE.31406.A Benglis SELF

Lynda Benglis
Still from AMAZING BOW WOW, 1976, VIDEO, from SELF portfolio, Various dates 1970-76; Published 2010
34 x 23 inches 
86.4 x 58.4 centimeters
CR# BE.31406.A

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BO.33218 Bourgeois UNTITLED (portrait in red line)
BO.33218 Bourgeois UNTITLED (portrait in red line)

Louise Bourgeois (1911 – 2010)
Untitled, 2008
Gouache on paper
14 1/2 x 11 inches
36.8 x 27.9 centimeters
CR# BO.33218

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GC.18964 Condo UNTITLED

George Condo
Untitled, 1989
Mixed Media on paper
12 3/4 x 9 3/4 inches
32.4 x 24.8 centimeters
CR# GC.18964

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WZ.41452 Cumwizard69420 PORTAIT OF GHISLAINE MAXWELL

Cumwizard69420
Portrait of Ghislaine Maxwell, 2021
Oil on canvas
16 x 20 inches
40.6 x 50.8 centimeters
CR# WZ.41452

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DU.41453 Dougherty YOUNG

Maureen Dougherty
Young, 2021
Oil on canvas
20 x 16 inches
50.8 x 40.6 centimeters
CR# DU.41453

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EG.14686.2 Eggleston UNTITLED (3/4 profile of redhead in floral print)

William Eggleston
Untitled, 1974
Pigment print
30 x 24 inches
76.2 x 61 centimeters
CR# EG.14686.2

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TS.12160 Foujita BUSTE DE FEMME NUE

Tsuguharu Foujita (1886 - 1968)
Buste de Femme Nue, 1949
Pen and ink and wash on paper
9 1/2 x 12 7/8 inches
24.1 x 32.7 centimeters
CR# TS.12160

LF.19011.28 Freud MAN RESTING

Lucian Freud (1922 - 2011)
Man Resting, 1988
Etching
14 1/2 x 15 1/2 inches
36.8 x 39.4 centimeters
CR# LF.19011.28

FU.38188 Fuss UNTITLED

Adam Fuss
Untitled, 2017
Unique gelatin silver print photogram
24 x 20 inches
61 x 50.8 centimeters
CR# FU.38188

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JAS.41440 Jaspers WILBUR WEARING HIS BLUE JACKET

Jeremy Jaspers
Wilbur Wearing His Blue Jacket, 2021
Acrylic on canvas
39 3/4 x 31 1/2 inches
101 x 80 centimeters
CR# JAS.41440

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JAS.41449 Jaspers LOVEBIRDS

Jeremy Jaspers
Lovebirds,  2021
Acrylic on canvas
39 1/4 x 31 1/2 inches
100 x 80 centimeters
CR# JAS.41499

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CJ.31969 Joffe JESSICA
CJ.31969 Joffe JESSICA

Chantal Joffe
Jessica, 2012
Oil on linen
72 1/8 x 48 1/8 inches
183.2 x 122.2 cenitmeters
CR# CJ.31969

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KA.19037 Katz VINCENT NO.1

Alex Katz
Vincent No.1, 1972
Oil on panel
13 1/2 x 15 inches
34.3 x 38.1 centimeters
CR# KA.19037

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MA.19220.1 Mapplethorpe KEN MOODY

Robert Mapplethorpe (1946 - 1989)
Ken Moody, 1983
Gelatin silver print
19 x 15 inches
48.3 x 38.1 centimeters
CR# MA.19220.1

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MD.19135 McDermott&McGough BOY 1931

McDermott & McGough
Boy-1931, 1986
Oil on linen
22 x 16 inches
55.9 x 40.6 centimeters
CR# MD.19135

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MES.41454 Mesler UNTITLED (JOHN CHEIM)
MES.41454 Mesler UNTITLED (JOHN CHEIM)

Joel Mesler
Untitled (John Cheim), 2022
Oil on canvas
29 3/4 x 24 inches
61 x 86.4 centimeters
CR# MES.41454

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MI.12494 Mitchell UNTITLED (NUDE STUDY)

Joan Mitchell (1925 – 1992)
Untitled (Nude Study), 1945
Charcoal on paper
25 x 19 inches
63.5 x 48.3 centimeters
CR# MI.12494

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NE.4378 Neel RELIGIOUS GIRL

Alice Neel (1900 – 1984)
Religious Girl, 1958
Oil on canvas
24 x 17 inches
61 x 43.2 centimeters
CR# NE.4378

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RP.28656  Pettibon UNTITLED (4 women gazing)

Raymond Pettibon
Untitled, 1984
Ink on paper
14 x 10 1/4 inches
35.6 x 26 centimeters
CR# RP.28656

FP.14929 Picabia PORTRAIT DE FEMME

Francis Picabia (1879 – 1953)
Portrait De Femme, c. 1940
Crayon and gouache on board
16 3/4 x 12 1/4 inches
42.5 x 31.1 centimeters
CR# FP.14929

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PI.8735 Pierson UHN (heavy line drawing)

Jack Pierson
Uhn, 2003
Acrylic on canvas
20 x 16 inches
50.8 x 40.6 centimeters
CR# PI.8735

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RS.19226 Resnick UNTITLED (maroon head on yellow)

Milton Resnick (1917 – 2004)
Untitled, 1994
Oil on panel
16 x 14 inches
40.6 x 35.6 centimeters
CR# RS.19226

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SH.2067 Sherman UNTITLED #D

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #D, 1975
Gelatin silver print
19 x 12 3/4 inches
48.3 x 32.4 centimeters
CR# SH.2067

JS.12052 Sonsini RAFAEL

John Sonsini
Rafael, 2003
Oil on canvas
20 x 16 inches
50.8 x 40.6 centimeters
CR# JS.12052

BS.41437 Sullivan RENE, JUNE
BS.41437 Sullivan RENE, JUNE

Billy Sullivan
Rene, June 1979, 2016
Pastel on paper
42 1/5 x 30 inches
107.2 x 76.2 centimeters
CR# BS.41437

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HY.34501 Taylor PORTRAIT OF IMARA FRANCIONI-GELLER

Henry Taylor
Portrait of Imara Francioni-Geller, 2012
Acrylic on canvas
20 x 15 7/8 inches
50.8 x 40.3 centimeters
CR# HY.34501

BTS.41438 Torres DREAMING

Boris Torres
Dreaming, 2009
Oil on canvas
8 x 10 inches
20.3 x 25.4 centimeters
CR# BTS.41438

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WA.1426 Warhol DAVID

Andy Warhol (1928 - 1987)
David, 1957
Gold leaf & ink on paper
14 x 12 inches
35.6 x 30.5 centimeters
CR# WA.1426

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BW.15848 Weber RODNEY HARVEY, ACTOR, NYC

Bruce Weber
Rodney Harvey, Actor, NYC, 198
Gelatin silver print
13 x 10 1/4 inches
33 x 26 centimeters
CR# BW.15848

NW.41435 Wittenberg JOE ON THE COUCH
NW.41435 Wittenberg JOE ON THE COUCH

Nicole Wittenberg
Joe On The Couch, c.2019
Pastel on paper
11 1/2 x 15 1/2 inches
29.2 x 39.4 centimeters
CR# NW.41435

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NW.41436 Wittenberg LOUIS 4
NW.41436 Wittenberg LOUIS 4

Nicole Wittenberg
Louis 4, c.2019
Pastel on paper
15 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches
39.4 x 29.2 centimeters
CR# NW.41436

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MW.40794 Wong UNTITLED

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
Untitled, 2016
Acrylic on paper
12 1/4 x 9 1/8 inches
CR# MW.40794

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