Eye to I
ArtTable members were led on a tour of the National Portrait Gallery’s current show Eye to I, which exhibited a wide variety of artists’ self-portraits. Chief curator Brandon Brame Fortune discussed the variety of styles and mediums of works throughout the show, all centered around the concept of how artists have decided to portray themselves in their art during the past century. Brandon pointed out some of her favorite pieces, including a watercolor on ivory by Lucy May Stanton. Other highlights include a work by Jessie Tarbox Beals, the first female photojournalist whose husband was her assistant and self portraits of well-known artists including Charles Sheeler, Elaine de Kooning, Edward Hopper, Alice Neel and Lois Dodd.
Some of the more recent self-portrait installations include a bronze cast celebrating the artist Patricia Cronin and her partner Deborah Kass, Evan Roth’s printed internet cache, and a sixteen-part polaroid by Chuck Close.