Taking selfies is now the norm. “Selfie” was named Oxford’s word of the year for 2013, and #selfie has become the most popular hashtag on twitter. Recent articles discuss the merits and flaws of this self-obsessed activity.
The aesthetic exploration of self remains a constant in the art world. Last month, Ultra Violet, aka Isabelle Collin Dufresne, the French artist muse of Dali and Warhol, set us all up for selfies in her installation of baroque framed mirrors at Volta NY. A new exhibition of self-portrait paintings at MoMA PS1 shows how Maria Lassnig has centered on her self for more than half a century. Phillips Auction house branded its spring 2013 auction The Selfie Edition, featuring Cindy Sherman and Michelangelo Pistoletto, among others.
But what of the secret selfie? Erstwhile a Chicago nanny, the late Vivian Maier’s life and work have been in the public eye since real estate agent John Maloof discovered a box of her negatives at a 2007 auction. Maloof has become Maier’s agent. This spring, her self-portraits and street photography are featured in a exhibition at Chicago’s Harold Washington Library and a new documentary about the secretive photographer has just been released.
Right now, the world’s appetite for images is insatiable. We’re eager to see the evolution of this narcissistic phenomenon and wonder what long-term effect the ubiquitous selfie might have on the more studied self-portrait.
Is it the people? Houses? Fields? The Weather?
Is it the streets? Is it these things together?
Nothing here ever changes, till it does.
Where’s your best selfie? Show us by sharing your most intriguing angle.
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