Picturing the Male Self

This is a series of male self-portraits presented at Crystal Bridges.  The photographs are rather dark–I was experimenting with a manual setting to compensate for the museum lighting.

Picturing the Male Self

Picturing the Male Self

We’ll start with this sculpture–I think it would be interesting to just sit near this to watch people’s reactions, it is so detailed and lifelike.  Evan Penny, aluminum, silicone, pigment, hair, fabric.

Old Self-Portrait of the Artist as He Will (Not) Be, Variation #2, 2010

Old Self-Portrait of the Artist as He Will (Not) Be, Variation #2, 2010

Self-Portrait, 2011

Self-Portrait, 2011, David Bates

Self-Portrait, 1911

Self-Portrait, 1911, Morton Livingston Schamberg

Self-Portrait Among Churchgoers, 1939

Self-Portrait Among Churchgoers, 1939, Ben Shahn

Self-Portrait, 1935

Self-Portrait, 1935, Paul Cadmus

Studio: End of Day, 1961

Studio: End of Day, 1961, John Koch

This next is based on black and white photos by Sam Samore.

Untitled (After Sam), 2006

Untitled (After Sam), 2006, Rudolf Stengel

Self-Portrait, n.d.

Self-Portrait, n.d., Joseph Stella

Self-Portrait, 1935

Self-Portrait, 1935, John Stewart Curry

The Closed Window, 2001

The Closed Window, 2001, Will Barnet

Self-Portrait, 1912

Self-Portrait, 1912, Stuart Davis

Self-Portrait, 1933

Self-Portrait, 1933, Oscar Bluemner

Man & Wife, 1944

Man & Wife, 1944, Milton Avery

It strikes me that not only are these men not smiling nor do they seem to be enjoying life or their art, but some of them look truly miserable.  What comes first, the art or the angst?

Speaking of self-portraits, my art quilt group has a new challenge: Self-Portrait.  We don’t have too many rules for this one and the initial idea came from the late quilt artist,  Yvonne Porcella.  Have you done a self-portrait?  Do you have a favorite self-portrait?  Send me a link if you do and search for Yvonne Porcella’s Self-Portrait class for some colorful examples.



About bycandyp.com

Hi—I’m Candy P. I live in beautiful Northwest Arkansas and write this blog about quilting. I love the entire process of quilting from design to piecing and appliqué, to free-motion quilting on my Janome. I have been sewing since I was five and started quilting in 1991 with a group in NE Minnesota. We used cardboard templates and scissors and did everything by hand. I have since made traditional quilts, donation quilts and Quilts of Valor; I’ve done paper piecing and foundation quilting but now really enjoy improvisational piecing using scraps from my stash or my hand dyed fabrics as well as making art quilts. I am also currently trying to finish any and all unfinished projects. I am so far behind I can never die. I have always been a maker, a sewist and needleworker, running the gamut from hand embroidery to macramé, knitting, crocheting, crafts, book binding and mixed media projects. I have taught a lot of classes including fabric painting, origami, and calligraphy, Dancercise (who remembers that) and my own exercise classes. When I’m not in the garage dyeing fabric or in my studio, I’m at Zumba or walking on local trails and photographing art or whatever catches my eye. I currently belong to Crystal Bridges, AQS, The Quilt Show, NWA Modern Quilt Guild and the Van Go-Go Girls (a local art quilt group). I occasionally make it to the piano and the golf course and enjoy cooking with my husband and generally wreaking some kind of havoc with my daughter. You can read my previous blog at Kandykwilts.blogspot.com and here (previously icandyet.com) but you cannot read my blog as northwind at The Quilt Show, apparently lost forever. I write about my current projects, mistakes and all, and often tell you what products I use (with no compensation). I am open to suggestions about blog posts and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about my projects or posts. Comment or email me.

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