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Imaginary Portraits: Prince Igor

In conjunction with a new production of the opera Prince Igor, the first Met production of the work since 1917, Gallery Met has compiled an impressive group show featuring work by many prominent artists in the gallery’s largest exhibition to date. Each artist has created a portrait of the title character of the opera, 12-century Russian warlord Prince Igor, to add a dynamic visual twist to story. Since no one is totally sure what Prince Igor looked like, the variation and diversity in materials and likenesses dreamed up by these artists will be truly incredible.

Imaginary Portraits opens January 31 at The Arnold and Marie Schwartz Gallery Met and Prince Igor opens February 6.

Elizabeth Peyton

Elizabeth Peyton

Here is the roster of the 23 participating artists in Imaginary Portraits:

Kristin Baker, John Baldessari, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Francesco Clemente, Peter Doig, Rachel Feinstein, Ryan Johnson, Ragnar Kjartansson, Alex Katz, Thomas Lawson, Raymond Pettibon, Elizabeth Peyton, Peter Saul, Peter Schlesinger, Dana Schutz, Dasha Shishkin, Sophie von Hellermann, Charline von Heyl, and Michael Williams, as well as fashion designer Thom BrowneNew Yorker art critic Peter Schjeldahl, and architect David Adjaye.

Ragnar Kjartansson

Ragnar Kjartansson

Karma Publishing will be releasing a book this spring combining the images from Imaginary Portraits with Vladimir Nabokov’s 1960 translation of “The Song of Igor’s Campaign,” the epic poem that Borodin used as the basis for the opera Prince Igor. More information on the book, which will retail for $25 and be available from Karma’s website (www.karmakarma.org) and other retailers, will be released this spring.

Dana Schutz

Dana Schutz

 

 

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