Eye to I: Self Portraits from 1900 to Today : National Portrait Gallery

Eye to I: Self Portraits from 1900 to Today : National Portrait Gallery

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'Many self-portraits express how an artist wants to be seen and remembered. . . . Even as it looks a century into the past, Eye to I engages with what the self-portrait means today, in all its complications' - Fine Books and Collections

A richly illustrated book introducing the National Portrait Gallery's collection of self-portraits

Eye to I provides readers with an overview of self-portraiture while revealing the intersections that exist between art, life, and self-representation. Drawing primarily from the museum's collection, Eye to I explores how American artists have portrayed themselves over the past two centuries.

The book shows that while each individual approaches self-portraiture under unique circumstances, all of their representations raise important questions about self-perception and self-reflection. Sometimes artists choose to reveal intimate details of their inner lives. Other times they use the genre to obfuscate their true selves or invent alter egos.

Today, with the proliferation of selfies and the contemporary focus on identity, it is time to reassess the significance of the self-portrait.

  • Author: Brandon Brame Fortune
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Date published: July 2019
  • Language: English
  • Delivery: Allow 1-2 weeks
  • ISBN: 978-3777432236
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 18.3 cm

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