Elizabeth Peyton, Nick (La Luncheonette December 2002), 2003, oil on board, 7 1/4 x 9". From “Getting Emotional.”


“Getting Emotional”

ICA - Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
25 Harbor Shore Drive
May 18–September 5

Curated by Nicholas Baume

“Getting emotional? Oh, please don’t tell me about it. See a shrink.” But in this expansive show, ICA chief curator Nicholas Baume insists on talking about it, presenting over fifty works by a diverse group of thirty-two artists who similarly shirk tight-lipped politesse, favoring unmitigated gut spillage. But the roster seems, hmm, schizophrenic? Sure, Elizabeth Peyton, Jack Pierson, and Nan Goldin are all famed for their expression of “feeling”—either tender or histrionic—but what about more conceptual practices, like those of Ed Ruscha, Christian Jankowski, and Darren Almond? And what about Andreas Gursky? Clearly, Baume’s notion of getting emotional involves far more than pulling out your handkerchief. The catalogue features essays by Baume, Jennifer Doyle, and Wayne Koestenbaum.