“Hall provides a lively cultural interpretation of the genre from the Middle Ages to today. . . . Rather than provide a series of ‘greatest hits,’ he is more concerned with the reasons why artists create self-portraits.” —The Weekly Standard The self-portrait may be the visual genre most identified with our confessional era, but modern artists are far from the first to have explored its power and potential. In this broad cultural survey of the genre, art historian and critic James Hall brilliantly maps the history of self-portraiture, from the earliest myths of Narcissus and the Christian tradition of “bearing witness” to the prolific self-image-making of today’s contemporary artists. Hall’s intelligent and vivid account shows how artists’ depictions of themselves have been part of a continuing tradition that reaches back centuries. Along the way he reveals the importance of the medieval mirror craze; the explosion of the genre during the Renaissance; the confessional self-portraits of Titian and Michelangelo; the biographical role of serial self-portraits by artists such as Courbet and van Gogh; themes of sex and genius in works by Munch, Bonnard, and Modersohn-Becker; and the latest developments of the genre in the era of globalization. Comprehensive and beautifully illustrated, the book features the work of a wide range of artists including Alberti, Caravaggio, Dürer, Emin, Gauguin, Giotto, Goya, Kahlo, Koons, Magritte, Mantegna, Picasso, Raphael, Rembrandt, and Warhol.
Author: Gene Tierney, Mickey Herskowitz
Publisher: Peter Wyden
Recreating the glamour of Hollywood in the 1940s, the actress tells of the roles she played, the rich and famous men who have pursued her, the failure of her first marriage, and her struggle against mental illness
Self-Portrait with Boy
Author: Rachel Lyon
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
A compulsively readable and electrifying debut about an ambitious young female artist who accidentally photographs a boy falling to his death—an image that could jumpstart her career, but would also devastate her most intimate friendship. Lu Rile is a relentlessly focused young photographer struggling to make ends meet. Working three jobs, responsible for her aging father, and worrying that the crumbling warehouse she lives in is being sold to developers, she is at a point of desperation. One day, in the background of a self-portrait, Lu accidentally captures on film a boy falling past her window to his death. The photograph turns out to be startlingly gorgeous, the best work of art she’s ever made. It’s an image that could change her life…if she lets it. But the decision to show the photograph is not easy. The boy is her neighbors’ son, and the tragedy brings all the building’s residents together. It especially unites Lu with his beautiful grieving mother, Kate. As the two forge an intense bond based on sympathy, loneliness, and budding attraction, Lu feels increasingly unsettled and guilty, torn between equally fierce desires: to use the photograph to advance her career, and to protect a woman she has come to love. Set in early 90s Brooklyn on the brink of gentrification, Self-Portrait with Boy is a provocative commentary about the emotional dues that must be paid on the road to success, a powerful exploration of the complex terrain of female friendship, and a brilliant debut from novelist Rachel Lyon.
A well-known illustrator discourses on himself, his life, and his work.
This text presents, without commentary, 500 of the world's greatest self-portraits, arranged in a chronological sequence from ancient Egypt to the late 20th century. Included are works by painters and sculptors such as Durer, Rembrandt and Picasso.
Self-Portrait with Turtles
Author: David M. Carroll
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Discusses the role of nature in shaping the attitudes of David Carroll, naturalist and author, and recounts his artistic training, his time as a teacher, and the key encounters with turtles that influenced him.
SelfPortraiture has long been one of the most important genres in fine art, and as photographers like Cindy Sherman and Nan Goldin demonstrate, offers unique possibilities for the creative photographer, too. The digital age and in particular, the photosharing site flickr has opened up the field, throwing up a generation of talents who, in presenting images of themselves to the world, offer new ways of seeing oneself. Foremost among these is Natalie Miss Aniela Dybisz. In Self-Portrait Photography, the only book of its kind, she offers a wealth of practical expertise and conceptual finesse. Her startlingly original work is deconstructed: she offers stepbystep worked examples of how unique effects were achieved, and other leading photographers in the genre profile themselves and their work too, all adding up to introducing a wealth of inspirational and technical ideas for todays digital photographer. Photographers at all levels will be inspired to take another look at the model closest to hand themselves.
Self Portraits: Fictions
Author: Frederic Tuten
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Creating an autobiography that is both real and imaginary, the author inserts himself into a series of interrelated stories including one about Death waiting tables at a café and circus elephants consoling a lovelorn ringmaster.
Author: Noemi Lefebvre
During a 90-minute flight, a woman looks back on an affair with a composer in a cerebral, feminist, Bernhardian debut.
Author: Liz Rideal
Publisher: National Portrait Gallery Publications
Exploring what motivates artists to paint or photograph themselves, the author selects over 100 self-portraits from the National Portrait Gallery to examine the style, techniques and personalities of the sitters, including William Hogarth, Thomas Gainsborough, Angelica Kauffmann, and more.
Author: Steven Platzman, Paul Cézanne
Publisher: Univ of California Press
The author probes the genius of CTzanne by analyzing his self portraits to define the contours of his revolutionary approach to painting.
Author: Mary Fisher
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group
Mary Fisher took America by storm the evening of August 19, 1992, when she addressed the Republican National Convention and gave the world a new face of American AIDS: a winsome mother of two pre-schoolers who had contracted the virus within her marriage. She had been a television producer and had been named the first woman White House Advanceman by President Gerald R. Ford, but privilege had not shielded her from the virus. While she became “a pilgrim on the road to AIDS,” devoted to advocacy and to her children, she prepared to die. With the development of antiretroviral (ARV) therapies that could prolong the lives of persons with AIDS, Fisher’s life changed dramatically once again. For fifteen years, she joined the ranks of Americans living on ARVs. Having arranged for the care of her children after her death, she now faced an uncertain future. How long would “the cocktail” work to keep her alive? Had any women been tested during drug research? How does one live wisely when death is no longer eminent and life itself is uncertain? In this moving memoir, Fisher focuses her life story through the promise she made in that 1992 speech: “I want my children to know that their mother was not a victim. She was a messenger.” In a lively voice devoid of self pity and filled with surprising humor, Fisher tells her story as a woman of emerging strength and hope. Along the way she remembers moments of hilarity ?from the condom company that wanted her endorsement to the elderly nurse who warns Republicans against having sex with mosquitoes. “In a gay, male epidemic,” writes Fisher, “I was a novelty: a dying Republican mother.” Messenger proves that a “novelty” can grow into a woman of strength and wisdom; that a dying young mother can emerge from illness and depression with a convincing sense of humor and healing.
In the aftermath of Luke's suicide, his sister Kate struggles with single motherhood and family betrayal while his niece Audrey struggles with her grief over losing Luke, who has been a substitute father. By the author of The Tracks of Angels. Reprint.
Kertész on Kertész
Author: André Kertész
Publisher: Abbeville Pr
Photographs of scenes in Hungary, Paris, and New York are accompanied by Kertesz's comments on his career as a photographer.
Author: Man Ray
Publisher: Penguin Classics
In this remarkable autobiography, Man Ray - painter, photographer, sculptor, film maker and writer - relates the story of his life, from his childhood determination to be an artist and his technical drawing classes in a Brooklyn high school, to the glamorous and heady days of Paris in the 1940s, when any trip to the city 'was not complete until they had been "done" by Man Ray's camera'. Friend to everyone who was anyone, Ray tells everything he knows of artists, socialites and writers such as Matisse, Hemingway, Picasso and Joyce, not to mention Lee Miller, Nancy Cunard, Alberto Giacometti, Gertrude Stein, Dali, Max Ernst and many more, in this decadent, sensational account of the early twentieth-century cultural world.