Face Value: Portraiture from the Arts Council Collection

27 March - 13 June 2015

Showing works by around 30 artists, working over the last century. Included is Tracey Emin’s early autobiographical video work Why I Never Became a Dancer. Self-portraits by other artists are also examined, including works by Sarah Lucas, Maud Sulter and Donald Rodney that challenge conventional stereotypes, contrasted with more traditional self-portraits by earlier artists such as David Bomberg and Mark Gertler. Other themes explored in the exhibition include looking at ways portraits can, by concentrating on a specific aspect of the sitter’s life - such as Vanessa Bell’s The Cook, Bernard Meninsky’s Portrait of a Girl and William Roberts’ A Gypsy Girl - remove an important part of their individual identity. Portraiture can deceive and can be used both to assert and to deny identity.

Artists

Frank AUERBACH
Vanessa BELL
Bruce BERNARD 
Richard BILLINGHAM
Peter BLAKE 
David BOMBERG
Reg BUTLER
Donald RODNEY
Tracey EMIN
Lucian FREUD
Elisabeth FRINK
Mark GERTLER
Richard GREENHILL
Brian GRIFFIN
Siobhan HAPASKA

Howard HODGKIN
Chris KILLIP
Sarah LUCAS
Bernard MENINSKY
Chris OFILI
Marc QUINN
William Patrick ROBERTS
Albert RUTHERSTON
Jurgen SCHADEBERG
William SCOTT
Maud SULTER
Bedwyr  WILLIAMS
Lynette YIADOM-BOAKYE
Bettina von ZWEHL

 


Arts Council EnglandSouth Lakeland District CouncilSir John Fisher FoundationKendal Town Council

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  • Mark Gertler, Self Portrait (detail), 1920

 

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