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The Tenacity of the Human Figure

Donald Beal, Seated Model, 72” x 48”.


Keeping the Body and Soul Together at Narrows
BY Brian Goslow
Reaffirming the vitality and resilience of the human figure as the subject that can’t be ignored for long is guest curator Don Wilkinson’s goal for “The Tenacity of the Human Figure,” the Narrows Center for the Arts’ mid-summer exhibition.

“Much like the end of painting and the premature report of the death of Mark Twain, the demise of the figure as significant has been greatly exaggerated,” said Wilkinson, a regular contributor to this magazine as well as the New Bedford-based Standard Times.He was visiting the Narrows to seek out future story ideas when director Debra Charlebois asked if he’d like to curate a show there.

Wilkinson has curated exhibitions at a variety of galleries and alternative art spaces in Massachusetts and Vermont, and he usually selects a unifying theme. This is the first time he’s tackled “the figure as primary motif” for a focusing point; his past shows were built around a common mentor, mythology, the color red, the seven deadly sins, failed romantic relationships and Santa Claus.

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