This Is Not A Selfie: Photographic Self-Portraits from the Audrey and Sydney Irmas Collection. This exhibition looks at self-portraiture from the vantage of the "age of the selfie." While the selfie can be considered a common version of the self-portrait genre, it is often vastly different from the self-portrait in the hands of an artist. By blurring the distinction between reality and fantasy, artifice and authenticity, and public and private imagery, the artists whose work is included in This Is Not a Selfie carefully fabricate photographs that expand the domain of self-portraiture. With the selfie firmly in place, it is a particularly prescient moment to revisit the enduring pursuit of the photographic self.
Drawing on the ubiquity of the selfie in contemporary culture – Ellen DeGenere’s now famous 2014 Oscar selfie was shared more than two million times, making it the most “retweeted” photo of all time—this exhibition considers the tensions and correlations between selfie culture and traditional self-portraiture from a range of historical and contemporary artists and photographers.
Anne Collier, Mirror Ball, 2004, Los Angeles County Museum of Art,
© Anne Collier, photo © Museum Associates/LACMA