A self-portrait offers a unique view of how an individual perceives himself or herself emotionally, physically and spiritually, and many esteemed and celebrated artists over the centuries, have created their own works based on themselves.
Self-portraits are endlessly fascinating, some artists reveal their face on the canvas with precision and skill, other artists seem enamoured with the shape and movement of the human form. There are also artists who view themselves as part of their environment, while others stay focused on depicting themselves as a singular lone entity. The self-portrait is a deeply personal and revealing work of art, which like other art produced by an artist, is placed in a public space to be explored and decrypted.
This unique notion of placing oneself as their subject is the basis for an upcoming exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria, titled 'The Naked Face.' This free exhibition impressively will bring together the works of a number of artists, from the renaissance era to today's artists. Expect to see self-portraits in a number of mediums, including drawings, paintings, sculptures, photographs and installations.
Some of the most prolific artists to have created self portraits include Rembrant, Vincent van Gogh, Edvard Munch, Frida Kahlo and Pablo Picasso.This anticipated exhibition is expected to include artworks from a diverse range of international and national artists including Francesco Clemente, Rick Amor, Chuck Close, Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman, Mike Parr and Hugh Ramsay.
This exhibition will open on December 3, 2010 and will close on February 27, 2011. It is located at the The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square -Gallery 17, Level 3. It is open Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm. It is closed on Monday.