NPG in London investigates modern portraits - Art Collector

Courtesy: Thomas Manss & Company, London

30 October 2013 | The National Portrait Gallery (NPG) in London has just launched a new book that explores new developments in the representation of the human form and face.

21st Century Portraits examines seven key strands of portraiture: observational portraits, self portraits, commissioned and celebrity portraits, social portraits, geopolitics and national identity, the body, and re-invented portraits. The work of 50 contemporary artists is presented, including three Australian artists - Ben Quilty, Tracey Moffatt and Daniel Boyd.

The essays in the book come from some of England's leading art writers and critics, including Sandy Nairne, director of the NPG, who locates contemporary portraiture within a historic tradition. It is available to order on the National Portrait Gallery's online shop.

Alexandra Djurichkovic

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