SELF: IMAGE & IDENTITY
Self-Portraiture from Van Dyck to Louise Bourgeois
24 January – 10 May 2015
Turner Contemporary, Margate
In a world where 'selfies' have become everyday expressions and ‘Britishness’ is being redefined, what is the role of self-portraiture and how has it shifted through the history of art to the present day?
In this extraordinary new exhibition, Turner Contemporary becomes a frame through which self-portraiture is re-evaluated in the 21st century, sparking conversations on history, celebrity, collecting, gender, mortality and contemporary approaches. The exhibtion includes works by over 100 artists, including Gavin Turk, Damien Hirst and Sarah Lucas.
Artists have been recreating their own image for centuries. From self-advertisement and preserving legacy, to figurative studies, political commentary and biographical exploration self-representation, has shaped Western art.