Saturday, August 1, 2015

You're so vain: Facing History is the perfect exhibition for our selfie-obsessed world

By Jonathan Jones
Luc and Ludivine get married, No. 7, Julian Opie, 2007 © Julian Opie and Alan Cristea Gallery
UNITED KINGDOM---Does portraiture belong to the past? The case that portraiture is dead is made unintentionally by this summer’s BP Portrait award at the National Portrait Gallery. The case for it being perversely alive is made by Facing History, a much smaller but far more interesting examination of contemporary portraiture. Portraiture, when you start enjoying its formality and its awkwardness, turns out to be an art of infinite possibility. This a pleasing glimpse of the past’s future. [link]