Kevin Klein, Bushwick Stigmata, 2002. Oil on canvas, 39 x 27 inches. Courtesy of the artist.
Since the time of the ancient Egyptians, the history of western art has been littered with depictions of medicine and healing—a topic that continues to inspire artists to this day. Traditional western discourses generally focus on the detection of damage or illness in the body, the diagnosis, and the application of relevant treatments and cures towards recovery. Other approaches explore ideas of ritualistic or spiritual responses to the notion of illness, remedies outside the mainstream, and interventions to prevent illness. This exhibition explores the artistic representation of the frailty of the human form.