Alex Katz, 2010
oil on linen
60 x 84 inches

Mie Iwatsuki
Qi Zhilong, 2011
oil on canvas
220 x 170 cm

Soft Slip
Daniel Heidkamp, 2012
oil on canvas
63 x 63 inches

Mie with Tobacco and Space
Andrew Guenther, 2011
8 x 6 inches

A Scent of Pillow
Noritoshi Hirakawa, 2011
Fuji Crystal Archival Paper
15.75 x 11.25 inches

Mie Reclining with Plate
Andrew Guenther, 2011
8 3/4 x 13 inches

Hye Rim Lee, 2011
3D animation, digital photography
22.5 x 40 inches

MIE On Runway
Ikki Miyake, 2011
Wood (hiba cypress), acrylic board
68 x 16 x 1.5 inches (sculpture), 20 x 16 x 106 inches (runway)

Mie, Maasai Warrior
Min Hyung, 2011
oil on canvas on board
48 x 60 inches

The Notorious Madame Yakuza
O Zhang, 2011
C-Type Photograph
35 x 26 inches

THE ecstatic (Mie)
Thomas Eller, 2012
cibachrome on aluminum, base wood and cheery veneer
48 x 8 inches

Portrait of Mie
Noah Becker, 2011
oil on canvas
24 x 40 inches

Portrait of Mie
Paul Brainard, 2011
pencil and pen on paper
12 1/2 x 17 1/2 inches

Mie (tiny)
Maureen Cavanaugh, 2012
Oil on Canvas
28 x 22 inches

The Velocity of Concurrence
Peter Garfield, 2012
HD video

Kristen Schiele, 2011
oil on canvas with silkscreen
18 x 20 inches

Mie at the Millennium Dome
David Humphrey, 2000/2012
acrylic on canvas, 54 x 34 inches

Alex Katz, 2009
oil on linen
48 x 66 inches

“To Thinly Veil” (Triptych)
Kevin Kay, 2011
Three unique Polaroids
4.25 x 3.5 inches (each)

Mie, age 4
Rudy Shepherd
watercolor on paper
9 x 12 inches

"Mie in Dress"
Ryan Schneider, 2011
Oil On Canvas
52 x 40 inches

Warren Mastodon and Mie
Elizabeth Huey, 2012
acrylic & oil on wood panel
24 x 18 inches

Mie, Mie, Mie!!
Paul D. Miller, 2012
34 x 48 inches
Edition of 50

Damian Stamer, 2011
oil on linen
30 x 40 inches

Alex Katz and Mie the Muse
Tom Sanford, 2011

Eric White, 2012
oil on panel
10 x 8 inches

me. Mie. Me.
Barnaby Whitfield, 2011
pastel, acrylic and color pencil on paper
30 by 22.5 inches

Mie, New York, November 25, 2011
Nicole Wittenberg, 2011
Ink on paper mounted on panel
19 x 24 inches

An Empathic (Mie)
Saya Woolfalk, 2012
fabric, mannequin, paper macho, plaster, plastic beads
2' x 2' x 5'6"

Nouriel Roubini's Pool
Lin Yilin, 2011
photography, chromogenic print,
60 x 40 inch
1/5 edition

"Afternoon Break (Mie)"
Jeremy Kost, 2011
Unique Polaroid Collage
20.25 x 11.75 inches

Mie 7 (from Conversations with Mie Series)
Nick Lawrence, 2012
oil, mixed media on canvas
36 x 36 inches


"A Portrait by 35 Artists" Curated by Nick Lawrence and Mie Iwatsuki

January 21 – February 25, 2012

Long a muse and subject of many contemporary masters in the art world, curator/model Mie Iwatsuki joins forces with gallerist/curator/artist Nick Lawrence, of Freight+Volume, to create a very special, intimate portrait show, aptly titled MIE: A Portrait By 35 Artists. Drawing on the ancient tradition of portraiture, but bringing the medium into a contemporary discourse, this show of multiple interpretations of one subject—MIE—promises to be rich and provocative in its variety, insightful and illuminating in its focus. MIE features 35 contemporary prominent and emerging artists, working in every medium—painting, drawing, video, sculpture and performance—who have achieved a unique voice in the realm of portraiture.

The contemporary discourse on the portrait is one of the most challenging to clarify because of its wide use and traditional importance throughout art history. For thousands of years we have sought to unveil the human condition by producing portraits of individuals which transcend particular moments of time, culture, and social circumstances. Idiosyncratic Greek and Roman portrait busts, masterpieces like the all-encompassing Mona Lisa by Da Vinci, Caravaggio’s stunning David, the haunting Las Meninas by Velásquez, Holbein’s quirky The Ambassadors, Madam X’s mysterious visage by Sargent, Andy Warhol, the psychological study by Alice Neel, and microscopically-detailed Benefits Supervisor Sleeping by Lucien Freud are just a few examples of portraits that have weathered the ages and whose stories are still analyzed today.

As a medium, the portrait has always been a revelation—both a dissection of its subject as well as an abstraction. We are not just looking into the soul of another person as much as looking into our own souls when we view a portrait: indeed, the art form is similar to a mirror. The moment in time in the life of one person is not only frozen by the artist and his or her subject, but also by the viewer when engaged by the work of art in front of them. When we encounter such great works either in gallery, museum or private settings, we become a part of the painting; a triangular relationship is created between the subject, the artist, and the viewer.

The subject recorded in a portrait does not speak directly to the viewer, but its voice emanates through the filter of the regional, social, and cultural circumstances in which the portrait is created. It is further shaped by the technique of the artist and the unique interaction that takes place between the artist and the model throughout the painting process; this can include things as subtle as the time of day that the model sits, or the banter between them for the hours of company they keep. We don’t see the subject of a portrait as just another person; we encounter ourselves, reflected back, as we construct a relationship with the subject and the artist who recorded him or her.

Considering the complex conditions that surround the creation of a portrait, what could we learn if we add the third voice of the model as a sort of mediator between the artist and viewer? The model has an advantageous position to observe the artist’s creative process. By describing the conditions of the work’s creation, the model can enrich the viewer’s experience by giving them access to the artist and steering their interpretations more closely towards the artist’s intentions.

Model and curator, Mie Iwatsuki has also written on the entire range of her experience as the subject for each of the artists’ works– the "Model's Voice." Her objective has been to work as closely as possible with the artist in the creation of each piece. She has made herself available to the artists for as long as necessary and has interpreted the personal stories and processes behind the works in order to share their experience and intentions as much as possible. Her observations, anecdotes, and criticisms will add a third dimension to the exhibition in lieu of the traditional gaze between artist and viewer. Her text will also be included in the catalogue, in addition to essays by John Yau, Peter Frank, Anthony Haden-Guest and Nick Lawrence.

A portion of the proceeds from the exhibition and catalogue sales will benefit the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund.

Participating Artists:

Noah Becker
Paul Brainard
Maureen Cavanaugh
Thomas Eller
Robert Frank
Peter Garfield
Andrew Guenther
Anthony Haden-Guest
Daniel Heidkamp
Noritoshi Hirakawa
Elizabeth Huey
David Humphrey
Min Hyung
Alex Katz
Kurt Kauper
Kevin Kay
Jeremy Kost
Gil Kuno
Nick Lawrence
June Leaf
Hye Rim Lee
Paul D. Miller
Ikki Miyake
Tom Sanford
Kristen Schiele
Ryan Schneider
Rudy Shepherd
Damian Stamer
Eric White
Barnaby Whitfield
Nicole Wittenberg
Saya Woolfalk
Lin Yilin
O Zhang
Qi Zhilong

A full-color softcover catalog will be released simultaneously with the exhibition, on sale to the public for $25.

Please join us for a gala artists’ reception on Saturday, January 21st from 6 - 8 p.m. For further information please contact Nick Lawrence at 212-691-7700, or info@freightandvolume.com.