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NY exhibition to showcase Self portraits by Iranian and international artists

Date: January 25, 2015


“SELF: Portraits of Artists in Their Absence” is the title of an exhibition of self portraits by some of the greatest names in the history of contemporary art, including a number of Iranian artists. The exhibition will be on view from January 29, 2015 until May 3, 2015 at the National Academy Museum, in New York.


The exhibition will showcase works by Iranian artists such as Shirin Neshat, Gohar Dashti, Shadi Ghadirian, Fereidoun Ghaffari, Amirali Ghasemi, Ghazaleh Hedayat, Rana Javadi, alongside self portraits by eminent international artists such as Andy Warhol, Marcel Duchamp, Jeff Koons, Robert Rauschenberg, Allen Ginsberg, and many others.

Curated by Filippo Fossati, Maurizio Pellegrin and Diana Thompson, “SELF: Portraits of Artists in Their Absence” is an exploration into the relationship artists have with their own image, and how new techniques have influenced and transformed self-representation over time. It takes its steps from the Academy’s history and its extensive and significant collection of artist self-portraits, including works by Asher B. Durand, John Singer Sargent, Thomas Eakins, Cecilia Beaux, Will Barnet, George Grosz, Andrew Wyeth, Wayne Thiebaud, Jacob Lawrence, Robert Rauschenberg, Howardena Pindell, among others, as well as works on loan by such artists as Umberto Boccioni, Marcel Duchamp, Piero Manzoni, Carol Rama, Meret Oppenheim, Vivian Maier, Shirin Neshat, Ai Weiwei, Senga Nengudi, Barkley Hendricks, Titus Kaphar, Toyin Odutola, among others.

There have been many changes in the meaning and purposes of self-portraiture. In the tradition of western art self-portraits served in the past as introductions to potential patrons, a matter of self- publicity to get a contract, a commission. The general thinking was that by portraying themselves, the artists would never be disloyal to their talent, they would surely show their best artistry. Sofonisba Anguissola for instance, was hired at the Spanish court by Philip II and Elisabeth of Valois thanks to a self-portrait that was sent months before the monarchs could see her in person. 

Today, with the internet generation, with the proliferation of personal computers, smart phones, digital cameras, and social networks, the public's obsessions with one’s self, and the attraction with the way artist see themselves has increased exceptionally.


Marina Abramovic, Ivan Le Lorraine Albright, Boushra Almutawakel, Vincenzo Amato, William Anastasi, Lyle Ashton Harris, John Baldessari, Barry X Ball, Will Barnett, Jay Batlle, Cecilia Beaux, Thomas Hart Benton, Ellen Berkenblit, Ernest Blumenschein, Mary Shepard Greene Blumenschein, Umberto Boccioni, Mel Bochner, Dove Bradshaw, Colleen Browning, Brian Calvin, Peter Campus, Davide Cantoni, Chuck Close, Susanna Coffey, Daniela Comani, Gohar Dashti, Robert De Niro Sr., Aron Demetz, Sussan Deyhim, Edwin Walter Dickinson, David Dixon, Marcel Duchamp, Anh Duong, Asher B. Durand, Thomas Eakins, Charles Loring Elliott, Louis Faurer, Carlo Ferraris, Robert Feintuch, Stefano Fioresi, Gertrude Horsford Fiske, Saul Fletcher, John Frazee, Angel Miguel Garcia, Rachel Garrard, Shadi Ghadirian, Fereidoun Ghaffari, Amirali Ghasemi, Gilbert and George, Kathleen Gilje, Allen Ginsberg, William Gropper, George Grosz, Samia Halaby, Lilian Wescott Hale, Bendix Harms, Mona Hatoum, Ghazaleh Hedayat, Julie Heffernan, Barkley L. Hendricks, Daniel Huntington, Peter Hurd, Rana Javadi, Eastman Johnson, Titus Kaphar, James Karales, Nadia Khawaja, William King, Everett Raymond Kinstler, Jeff Koons, Jacob Lawrence, Hughie Lee-Smith, Saul Leiter, Annette Lemieux, Mary Fairchild MacMonnies Low, Vivian Maier, Piero Manzoni, Carlo Maria Mariani, Mary Beth McKenzie, Ana Mendieta, Ivan Mestrovich, Felice Waldo Howell Mixter, Randy Moore, Walter Moroder, Samuel F.B. Morse, Nzingah Muhammad, Peter Nagy, Bruce Nauman, Senga Nengudi, Shirin Neshat, Richard Nonas, Tameka Norris, Toyin Odutola, Luigi Ontani, Catherine Opie, Dennis Oppenheim, Meret Oppenheim, Walter Pach, Philip Pearlstein, Giuseppe Penone, Robert Phillipp, Sylvia Plimack Mangold, Rona Pondick, Edith Mitchill Prellwitz, Florio Puenter, Luisa Rabbia, Arnulf Rainer, Ellen Emmet Rand, Annie Ratti, Robert Rauschenberg, Charles Vincent Sabba, Salvo, Paul Starrett Sample, John Singer Sargent, Peter Saul, Eugene Francis Savage, Salvatore Scarpitta, Andres Serrano, Jonathan Shahn, Cindy Sherman, Tal Shochat, Jessica Shokrian, William Arthur Smith, Raphael Soyer, Vera Tamari, Vladimir Tamari, Wayne Thiebaud, Anne Thulin, George Clair Tooker, Iké Udé, Walter Ufer, Carlos Vega, William Villalongo, Andy Warhol, William Wegman, Ai Weiwei, Hanna Wilke, Bill Witt, Beatrice Wood, Francesca Woodman, Andrew Newell Wyeth, James Browning Wyeth, Newell Covers Wyeth, Inass Yassin, Michele Zalopany.

The opening of the exhibition will take place on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 from 6 to 8 pm. and it will run until May 3, 2015 at the National Academy Museum, in New York.


Source: Tavoos