A quickie this time. The Met’s Modern Art Mezzanine has an exhibition called The Lens and the Mirror showing self-portraits from the Museumâ€™s own collection.
We loved the pair of William Roberts drawings, the first from 1911 (when he was sixteen!) and the second from around 1920. In both, the artistâ€™s face is tilted down a bit, giving him a kind of menacing, Alex DeLarge look. Thereâ€™s also an Egon Schiele watercolor, below, in which the artist appears eroticized and grotesquely emaciated. So, yeah, pretty much like any other portrait he ever did (ProTip: The Neue Galerie, just a few blocks north of the Metâ€™s main entrance, has a fantastic Schiele collection in a weirdly intimate setting).
We enjoyed the Matisse intaglio, an expressive drawing by Umberto Boccioni (who was discussed previously on Suggested Donation) and the wonderfully rigid self-portrait by modernist photographer Edward Steichen (shown below as an unintentional self-portrait of a self-portraitâ€”bad photographers and brightly lit objects behind glass do not mix. Metafictive! Kind of! . . . Weâ€™re like an accidental Charlie Kaufman).
This group of work dates from the1880s through the 1940s; in August, curators will hit the reset button and put up another roundÂ of self-portraits from the collection, this time from the 50s through today.