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ART NGV Exhibition The Naked Face: Self-portraits

December 3, 2010toFebruary 27, 2011


National Gallery of Victoria exhibition The Naked Face: Self-portraits, is a compelling exhibition which takes an in-depth look at how self-portraits have shaped our perceptions of the artist and human identity.

  • Till 27 February 2011
  •  Free entry

The Naked Face: Self-portraits showcases 150 works, revealing how artists have used self-portraiture to embellish their social status, illustrate their artistic talent, portray and influence popular culture and document their lifestyle. 

Dr Vivien Gaston, the exhibition’s Guest Curator, said: “This exhibition will have broad appeal to viewers. From infancy humans are instinctively driven to recognise and relate to the human face. With boundless curiosity, we search for the naked face that will tell us the naked truth.”

Drawn entirely from the NGV Collection, this exhibition will display many works by celebrated Australian artists such as Hugh Ramsay, Mike Parr, John Brack and Peter Booth, as well as spectacular self-portraits by international artists such as Rembrandt, Edward Steichen, Cindy Sherman and Coco Chanel. Contemporary works are presented alongside masterpieces in memorable and provocative visual comparisons.

A rich diversity of paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and fashion, illustrates dramatic historical changes in self-imaging.

The NGV is publishing a richly illustrated and thought-provoking book The Naked Face: Self-portraits by Dr Vivien Gaston. RRP $49.95.

The Naked Face: Self-portraits will be on display at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia from 3 December 2010 to 27 February 2011. Open 10am – 5pm. Closed Mondays. Free entry.


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