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They look, we look; people's gaze is the focus in Dan McCleary works
They look, we look; people's gaze is the focus in Dan McCleary works

Dan McCleary is among the finest figurative painters working today. Sixteen paintings made during the past 20 years in the survey “Dan McCleary: Every Day Sacred” are clear evidence, if any were still needed, that a full-scale retrospective exhibition is in order. At the USC Fisher Museum of Art, curator Ariadni Liokatis opens and closes the modest but weighty show with small and exquisite portraits. Bust-length depictions of “Francesca Silvestri” (1993) and “Dr. Martinez” (2013) are characterized by the same soft, radiant stillness that also infuses McCleary’s half- and full-length figures. The style is part Piero della Francesca, whose...

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