Reflections on the Artist: Self-Portraits and Portraits On View at the National Gallery of Canada
Ottawa, Canada - September 30, 1999
« Reflets d'artistes. Portraits et autoportraits une exposition à voir au Musée des beaux-arts du Canada »
The National Gallery of Canada announces the opening on 8 October of Reflections on the Artist: Self-portraits and Portraits, a fascinating exhibition of close to 200 prints, drawings, and photographs that explores how artists represent themselves and each other. Renowned artists such as Rembrandt, Pablo Picasso, Edgar Degas, M. C. Escher, Etienne Carjat, Lisette Model, and Edward Weston will be featured. The exhibition presents a wide spectrum of content and medium, spanning almost four centuries, from 1600 to 1998. While the majority of works are drawn from the Gallery's permanent collection, a small selection of important loans is also included. The exhibition is on view until 2 January 2000.
"Visitors to the exhibition will have a wonderful opportunity to observe a captivating and diverse selection of portraits, some light-hearted and humorous in tone, others more serious and reflective in nature," said Pierre Théberge, Director, National Gallery of Canada. "Through these images, we can observe how artists present and view both themselves and other artists, and examine their roles as creators."
Among the highlights of the exhibition which illustrate this variety and diversity are a brilliantly spontaneous and richly worked etching of 1639 by Rembrandt entitled Self-portrait Leaning on a Stone Sill, and a fluid, somewhat spare 1934 etching by Picasso entitled Rembrandt and Veiled Woman; a whimsical self-portrait drawn by Group of Seven artist Arthur Lismer as well as his 1933 portrait of a fellow artist and her omnipresent menagerie entitled Emily Carr with Her Monkey and Dogs; and Berenice Abbott's sensitive portrait of photographer Eugène Atget and her own compelling self-portrait entitled Portrait of the Artist As a Young Woman. Special features of the exhibition are Genetic Self-portrait, a visually arresting installation of fifty-four photographic prints by Gary Schneider which explores the self through a representation of the body, and selections from the series Iconography by Anthony van Dyck, one of the great treasures of the National Gallery's print collection. The roster of Canadian and international artists also includes Milton Avery, Marc Chagall, Marcel Duchamp, Walker Evans, Lee Friedlander, Yousuf Karsh, Käthe Kollwitz, Ozias Leduc, Nathan Lyons, Arnaud Maggs, Egon Schiele, and Edward Steichen.
Interviews with exhibition co-organizers Richard Hemphill, Assistant Curator, European and American Prints and Drawings, and Lori Pauli, Assistant Curator, Photographs Collection, National Gallery of Canada, are available upon request.
An interesting program of lectures, workshops, and tours has been organized to complement the exhibition. Please call the National Gallery for general and ticket information or consult our Web site at http://national.gallery.ca/.
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