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Art Opening: The Reflected Glaze at TAM

January 17, 2010 Art, Contemporary No Comments

Last night, stopped by the TAM for the opening reception of The Reflected Gaze – Self-Portraiture Today. It was okay. They didn’t have any alcohol. Oh,well.

Here are some of the highlights:

Damien Hirst

One of the basic primary forms of painting is the self-portrait. With a long and distinguished history the self-portrait has told us about people, their times and their attitudes. They tell us of scrutiny, of desire, of ego and of the passage of time too, but they can also seem like a whispered secret sometimes, that winks knowingly to us of shared knowledge and experiences and has the added frisson for us of knowing that this is the artist ‘talking’ directly to us through time and geography. A great self-portrait tells you something of the artist but of ourselves too.

Justin Bower …. and we meet again. A pretty stunning piece I had to a chance to see at the artist’s studio a while back.

Chuck Close … gigantic tapestry.

KAWS

Link: The Torrance Art Museum

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