Facing History: Contemporary Portraiture is a display of 80 prints and photographs drawn from the V&A’s collection, exploring the variety of artists’ responses to the idea of portraiture over the last 20 years. On display is work by over 20 artists including Julian Opie, Grayson Perry, Thomas Ruff, Maud Sulter and Gavin Turk. Portraits range from colour woodcuts and photographs to black and white etchings, cut paper silhouettes and bronze medals.
The display shows how contemporary practitioners have also been inspired by artists who made a speciality of portraiture, including Frida Kahlo, Rembrandt and Vermeer.
Hanselaar’s print from the series White Collar Black Man and acquired earlier this year by the V&A, was inspired by a 17th C portrait, in her case the tiny Govert Flinck painting Head of a Black Man.
The theme of the display was prompted by the acquisition of the series Made up Love Song by Bettina von Zwehl, a previous V &A artist-in-residence.
Mon. 27 July 2015 – Fri 26 February 2016
Facing History: Contemporary Portraiture
Displays, Gallery 88a
Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL