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Petzel presents What Can a Face Do?, an online exhibition of works exploring portraiture and its many forms and interpretations. In the current pandemic state, our noses and mouths are covered with masks, which prohibits us from seeing each other face to face. As a result, the portrait becomes especially urgent as a model of representation: the face expresses and reveals the inner feelings of a person; it shows something that is hidden behind the facade, yet there is something in the appearance of a face that allows access to what is hidden beneath. This exhibition brings together a selection of works concentrated around the idea of faces, presenting a visual “group portrait” that highlights the relevancy of portraiture today.

What Can a Face Do? includes work by Yael Bartana, Keith Edmier, Asger Jorn, Sean Landers, Rezi van Lankveld, Maria Lassnig, Jorge Pardo, Joyce Pensato, Jon Pylypchuk, and Nicola Tyson.

Three roles of the face are recognizable: it is individualizing (it characterizes each person); it is socializing (it manifests a social role); it is relational or communicating (it ensures not only communication between two people, but also, in a single person, the internal agreement between their character and their role).

—Gilles Deleuze, Cinema 1: The Movement-Image, 1986

MASK ON, FUCK IT, MASK OFF.

—Future, Mask Off, 2017

Yael Bartana
Undertaker 5, 2019
Archival pigment print
70.9 x 47.2 inches 180 x 120 cm

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Sean Landers
Galileo, Randy Moss and Patiner, 2016
Oil on linen
50 x 43 inches 127 x 109.2 cm

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Joyce Pensato
Stan, 2019
Enamel on linen
48 x 40 inches 121.9 x 101.6 cm

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Asger Jorn
Actor in Action, 1967
Oil on canvas
25.6 x 21.3 inches 65 x 54 cm

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Jorge Pardo
Untitled, 2017
MDF, acrylic paint, Caoba, LED fixtures
63 x 47 inches 160 x 119.4 cm

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Jon Pylypchuk
Mr. Lover Lover!, 2019
Fabric, wood glue, watercolor, glitter, black cue balls, polyurethane, wood on linen on panel
39.5 x 27.5 x 6 inches 100.3 x 69.9 x 15.2 cm

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Nicola Tyson
Portrait Head #64, 2004
Acrylic on paper
20 x 14 inches 50.8 x 35.6 cm

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Maria Lassnig
Untitled, ca. 1990–1999
Watercolor and pencil on paper
27.4 x 19.7 inches 69.7 x 50.1 cm

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Keith Edmier
Edmier imagines (Ice Cube, Musician/Actor), 2017
Plaster
9.5 x 6 x 4.75 inches 24.1 x 15.2 x 12.1 cm

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Rezi van Lankveld
Superhero, 2016
Oil on canvas
25.6 x 19.7 inches 65 x 50 cm

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HEAD IS ALL HEART HAS. HELP, HEAD. HELP HEART.

—Lydia Davis, Head, Heart, 2007

Asger Jorn
Underdeveloped Nostalgia, 1961
Oil on canvas
31.9 x 25.6 inches 81 x 65 cm

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Jon Pylypchuk
Untitled, 2015
Enamel on gessoed panel
78 x 78 inches 198.1 x 198.1 cm

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Sean Landers
Buffalo Minotaur, 2016
Oil on linen
50 x 43 inches 127 x 109.2 cm

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Jorge Pardo
Untitled, 2017
MDF, acrylic paint, Caoba, LED fixtures
47 x 35 inches 119.4 x 88.9 cm

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Nicola Tyson
Portrait Head #65, 2004
Acrylic on paper
20 x 14 inches 50.8 x 35.6 cm

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Rezi van Lankveld
This Way, 2017
Oil on canvas
18.9 x 13.8 inches 48 x 35 cm

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Maria Lassnig
Untitled, ca. 1995–2009
Acrylic and pencil on paper
24.1 x 33.9 inches 61.1 x 86 cm

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Joyce Pensato
Cartman, Cartman, 2008
Charcoal and pastel on paper
22 x 30 inches 55.9 x 76.2 cm

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Keith Edmier
N95 Respirator Mask with Clear Window, 2020
3M 8210 Plus N95 respirator mask, food grade platinum silicone, PETG, on a Hydrocal life mask of the artist
4.5 x 6 x 6.5 inches 11.4 x 15.2 x 16.5 cm

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Yael Bartana
Bury Our Weapons, Not Our Bodies Mask 2, 2019
Silkscreen on aluminum
24.9 x 20.2 x 1.2 inches 63.3 x 51.2 x 3 cm

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