Many of today's emerging artists are using portraiture or self-portraiture to explore complex issues of identity. At the same time, these artists are also testing the boundaries of the genre of figurative art. Others are finding success through a renewed attention to classical training in representational art. Artists who regularly create portraits on commission are also experiencing a higher level of interest in their work. The Outwin Boochever Competition 2006 brings together work that exemplifies these trends. Selected from more than 4,000 entries--from every state in the union--by a jury of experts, the fifty-one portraits included provide clear evidence of the strength of portraiture in today's world, and signal the National Portrait Gallery's increased commitment to contemporary art and today's Americans.
Foreword / Marc PachterVirginia Outwin BoocheverA Lost World Found / Dave HickeyThe Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2006Jurors' CommentsPrize Winners--First Prize / David Lenz--Second Prize / Yuqi Wang--Third Prize / Nuno de Campos--Commended WorksOther Competition FinalistsAcknowledgmentsIndex of Artists