“Selfies & Portraits of the East End” opens June 20 and continues through July 26 at Guild Hall. The exhibition features East End artists: Linda Alpern, Ross Bleckner, Jack Ceglic, Ann Chwatsky, Chuck Close, Ahn Duong, Katie Fischer, Eric Fischl, Cornelia Foss, John Hardy, Soren Hope, William King, Jill Krementz, Laurie Lambrecht, Christa Maiwald, Jonathan Morse, Elizabeth Peyton, Bastienne Schmidt, Lola Montes Schnabel, Julian Schnabel, Joan Semmel, Cindy Sherman, Billy Sullivan, Susan Tepper, Robert Wilson, Darius Yektai and others, including selections from the permanent collection.
There will be a panel discussion with many of the artists on Saturday June 20 from 3-4pm, followed by a public opening reception from 4-6pm, than an exclusive Members Only reception in the Minikes Garden from 5:30-7pm.
A selfie refers to a self-portrait photograph typically taken with a smart phone and posted to social media sites. The images are usually flattering and made to appear candid. A portrait is a painting, photograph, sculpture, or other artistic representation of a person, in which the face and its expression is predominant. The intent is to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the person. For this reason, a portrait is generally a composed image of a person in a still position, except of course if it is a video portrait. A portrait often shows a person looking directly at the painter or photographer, in order to most successfully engage the subject with the viewer. The rise of “Selfies” has re-established the “artist” self-portrait. How does or has this changed the format and style of portraiture? How does the artist view themselves, or their subject, what is the mood and tone of the portrait, how is this different, how is it the same, who was the portrait made for or commissioned for, does this alter the representation? These are all nuances that will be examined in this exhibition.
Guild Hall is located at 158 Main Street, East Hampton, NY 11937. www.guildhall.org.