Ridgefield

Elizabeth Peyton, Jarvis, 2007, color photograph, 6 x 4".

Elizabeth Peyton, Jarvis, 2007, color photograph, 6 x 4".

Ridgefield

Elizabeth Peyton

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
258 Main Street
June 22–November 16, 2008

Curated by Richard Klein

For the past decade and a half, Elizabeth Peyton has painted an attractive set of artists and musicians—Tony Just, Nick Relph, Jarvis Cocker, and the like—as idealized icons complete with pale skin, rouged cheeks, and pursed crimson lips. Perhaps prompted by Peyton's habitual use of photographs as source material, this exhibition features fifty color prints taken by the artist since 1994—including an especially tender image of DJ Ben Brunnemer napping in a German train car—and marks the most comprehensive survey of her work in the medium to date. Titled “Portrait of an Artist,” the show will shift our gaze from the embellished glamour of Peyton's oils to the more straightforward look of her snapshots, providing a candid peek at her famously moody muses.