Five Hundred Self-Portraits by Phaidon

VISUAL LIST • PUBLISHER OF THE CREATIVE ARTS RELEASES A NEW BOOK DEVOTED PURELY TO SELF-PORTRAITS


Phaidon revisited and expanded the book '500 Self-Portraits' for the third time.


Recently, Phaidon revisited and expanded the book '500 Self-Portraits'  for the third time. The original version of 500 Self Portraits: From Antique Times to the Present Day was published by the then Vienna-based Phaidon Press in 1936. In 2000, Phaidon revisited the subject and published an updated compact edition. In this millennial third edition, the publisher wanted to update what had already been curated to include additional works from twentieth and twenty-first-century artists.

As the preface of the book explains, “Our understanding of how the self is represented visually has shifted again since then, with smartphone cameras and image-sharing social media platforms heralding the age of the ubiquitous ‘selfie.’ The twenty-first-century has also seen art history opening up to embrace previously overlooked artists, as well as a new generation, who have taken the self-portrait in fresh directions.” 

Below is a visual list of some of our favourite new century self-portraits featured in this latest edition.

YASUMASA MORIMURA -  DOUBLANNAGE (DANCER I), 1989.

YASUMASA MORIMURA - DOUBLANNAGE (DANCER I), 1989.

KWONG CHI TSENG-  ' East Meets West' Self-Portrait series 1979–1989,  1983

KWONG CHI TSENG- 'East Meets West' Self-Portrait series 1979–1989, 1983

Vivian Maier   -  SELF-PORTRAIT, 1955.

Vivian Maier - SELF-PORTRAIT, 1955.

ULAY,  's’He', 1972 . - Before this performance artist found fame working with Marina Abramović, he staged a number of androgynous self-portraits, in which he split his face in two, devoting each half to either gender. Some of these works were credited to PA-ULA-Y, a contraction of his name and that of his muse, Paula Françoise-Piso.

ULAY, 's’He', 1972. - Before this performance artist found fame working with Marina Abramović, he staged a number of androgynous self-portraits, in which he split his face in two, devoting each half to either gender. Some of these works were credited to PA-ULA-Y, a contraction of his name and that of his muse, Paula Françoise-Piso.

ZANG HUAN,  FAMILY TREE, 2001  - The Artist commissioned a trio of calligraphers to write proverbs, descriptions of family relations and other literary extracts on his face, until his features were entirely obscured by the ink.

ZANG HUAN, FAMILY TREE, 2001 - The Artist commissioned a trio of calligraphers to write proverbs, descriptions of family relations and other literary extracts on his face, until his features were entirely obscured by the ink.

SHIRIN NESHAT   -  SEEKING MARTYRDOM, 1995.

SHIRIN NESHAT - SEEKING MARTYRDOM, 1995.

YAYOI KUSAMA  - HORSEPLAY, 1967.

YAYOI KUSAMA - HORSEPLAY, 1967.

NORMAN ROCKWELL -  TRIPLE SELF-PORTRAIT, 1960.

NORMAN ROCKWELL - TRIPLE SELF-PORTRAIT, 1960.

 
MARCEL DUCHAMP  - WITH MY TONGUE IN MY CHEEK, 1959.

MARCEL DUCHAMP - WITH MY TONGUE IN MY CHEEK, 1959.

OTTO DIX -  SELF-PORTRAIT, 1912.

OTTO DIX - SELF-PORTRAIT, 1912.

ZINAIDA SEREBRYAKOVA -  "AT THE DRESSING TABLE" (SELF-PORTRAIT), 1909.

ZINAIDA SEREBRYAKOVA - "AT THE DRESSING TABLE" (SELF-PORTRAIT), 1909.

TARSILA DO AMARAL  - SELF-PORTRAIT I, 1924.

TARSILA DO AMARAL - SELF-PORTRAIT I, 1924.

MARTIN KIPPENBERGER  - "MARTIN IN THE CORNER, YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF", 1989-90.

MARTIN KIPPENBERGER - "MARTIN IN THE CORNER, YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF", 1989-90.

ALEX KATZ , ALEX, 1970

ALEX KATZ, ALEX, 1970

BALTHAUS -  THE KING OF CATS, 1935.

BALTHAUS - THE KING OF CATS, 1935.