Karel Funk

Karel Funk (M Funk .F86 A4 2007)

Karel Funk produces portraits of men shown in head-and-shoulders view, painted in acrylic on wood panels. Dressed in protective outdoor clothing, the subjects are often seen in three-quarter profile or from behind, with their heads bowed or covered with a hood, so that we are rarely allowed to meet the models’ gaze. Each of them is set against a neutral, all-white background, setting off the figure in a vague space that lacks any real depth. His paintings suggest multiple references to art history, in particular to certain Renaissance portraits, but remain firmly rooted in the present.

A 64-page catalogue accompanies the exhibition at the The Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. It contains essays by the show’s curator Pierre Landry and by Carter Foster, curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, a biobibliography and 21 illustrations.


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