Artists in the Frame: Self-Portraits by Van Dyck and Others
21 May – 31 August 2015
Free to all
From Van Dyck to Grayson Perry, the exhibition follows three centuries of self-expression in art.
Van Dyck tour venues
- Turner Contemporary, Margate
24 January - 10 May 2015
Manchester Art Gallery
21 May - 31 August 2015
National Portrait Gallery, London
4 September 2015 - 3 January 2016
Dulwich Picture Gallery, London12 January - 24 April 2016
Birmingham Museum & Art GallerySummer 2016
National Portrait Gallery, London, Autumn/Winter 2016
Laing Art Gallery, NewcastleSpring 2017
Scottish National Portrait Gallery, EdinburghSummer 2017
National Portrait Gallery, LondonAutumn/Winter 2017
At the heart of the display is Van Dyck’s magnificent self-portrait, acquired by the National Portrait Gallery last year after a joint public fundraising appeal with the Art Fund that sought to stop its export to America. Part of the Art Fund grant is being used to support a tour of the painting, which has also previously been shown in Margate. One of just three the artist completed in Britain, it is also his final self portrait; he died within a year of its completion. Here it is used to trigger an exploration of artistic self-expression over 300 years.
Also featured are self-portraits by the likes of William Hogarth, Angelica Kauffman, Wyndham Lewis, Sarah Lucas, Julian Opie and Grayson Perry. The exhibition addresses the reasons why an artist would choose to turn their gaze inward and the devices – such as dress, pose, setting, props and framing – they use to represent themselves.