Mirror Mirror: Self-Portraits by Women Artists

Mirror Mirror: Self-Portraits by Women Artists

by Whitney Chadwick
     
 

This catalogue represents a 2001-2002 exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London, which was organized by Rideal, an artist herself and an art education officer affiliated with the Gallery. Two essays by Whitney Chadwick (art, San Francisco State U.) and Frances Borzello, a writer on the social history of art, accompany 40 self-portraits, presented in… See more details below

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This catalogue represents a 2001-2002 exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London, which was organized by Rideal, an artist herself and an art education officer affiliated with the Gallery. Two essays by Whitney Chadwick (art, San Francisco State U.) and Frances Borzello, a writer on the social history of art, accompany 40 self-portraits, presented in full-page color plates along with interpretive and biographical text. All media are represented—oil, photography, woodcut, ceramic sculpture—and arrangement is chronological, from the mid-17th century to the present. Both well known and lesser known artists are included. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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KLIATT
Although most readers will be unfamiliar with most of the artists whose work is included in this exhibition catalogue, the insightful essays that accompany this collection of self-portraits drawn from Great Britain's National Portrait Gallery and from the collections of contemporary artists make this volume well worth reading. In exploring the history and function of the self-portrait, curator Liz Rideal and art historians Whitney Chadwick and Frances Borzello discuss the work of 40 women artists who have used their own image for self-expression. Each work is presented in a full-page reproduction, faced by a page of biographical information. The essays discuss style, technique, historical background, and art historical context as well as the issue of identity. Artists ranging from the mid-17th to the current century are represented through a variety of media, including oil paintings, photographs, prints, and ceramic sculpture. The catalogue includes a select bibliography, a listing of relevant web sites, and an index. This volume will appeal to students of art, art history, women's studies, and gender studies. The somewhat scholarly tone of these essays makes them most suitable to more mature students. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2001, Watson-Guptill, 120p. illus. bibliog. index.,
— Rhonda Cooper

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823030712
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/28/2002
Pages:
120
Product dimensions:
7.94(w) x 9.46(h) x 0.41(d)

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