It is the task of post-modern humanist figuration to restore the individuality of particular human beings and respect the integrity of the human body, and with that realize that to appropriate and aggrandize them for the artist’s self-expression is to do them injustice and a crime against nature.
It is time for a new mature art, an art in which the object - especially the human object, the human body and soul - is not hated and destroyed and denied, but attended to with the respect it deserves, for to do so is to respect ourselves. It is a time for a new “traditional” art, an adult art, an art that tips its hat to the Old Masters without bending its knees to them.
The painters in the exhibition are New Old Masters, equal to the task of post-modern painting, the integration of what Baudelaire called the Great Tradition and what Harold Rosenberg called the Tradition of the New. They have passed through and assimilated classicism and romanticism and modernism, integrating them all in a new figurative art, “all too human” because it respects the integrity of the human body without denying its subjective importance, the inner meaning that its appearance can make evident.