Group Exhibition
29 October 2020–28 March 2021

Deborah Roberts features in 'True Likeness'

William H. Van Every and Edward M. Smith Galleries, Davidson College, North Carolina, USA

"Portraits serve as expressions of identity, popular taste, social standing and documents of who, when and where. Representing self in the best light or seeing others in understandable terms, are motives behind why we record images of each other for rituals, history, art making and status. How could any genre be more important?  Yet with so many categories of portraiture in our daily lives, this imagery is often taken for granted."

Co-curated by Tom Stanley and Lia Newman, 'True Likeness' is an exhibition of contemporary portraits spanning video, photography, painting, collage, sculpture, printmaking and drawing.  Artists included in the exhibition hail from across the USA and explore what it means to be American today. Amongst the works on display is Deborah Roberts' 'Venus the great'. Inspired by professional tennis player Venus Williams, this work continues Roberts' interest in themes of race, identity and gender politics.

Participating artists include: Dan Robert Miller, Sam Doyle, Gene Merritt, Chris Sullivan, Bill Thelen, Juan R. Fuentes, Endia Beal, Deborah Roberts, Kameron Neal, Deborah Luster, Wendy Red Star, Antonius-Tin Bui, Raymond Grubb, Holly Keogh, John Monteith, Amir H. Fallah, LaToya Ruby Frazier and Mickalene Thomas

The exhibition is accompanied by a programme of related events. Deborah Roberts was in conversation on YouTube Live via Davidson College on Tuesday 9 February 2021 between 5–6pm EST.  Scroll down to watch a recording of the event, below. 

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