American Essayist Oliver Wendell Holmes hailed photography as “the mirror with a memory.” Certainly, portrait photography presents us with a mirrored likeness. Yet portraits reveal more than the physiognomy of the sitter; like a mirror, they invite us to reflect on ourselves.
New Faces of the Collection celebrates the range of themes, styles and approaches to the contemporary photographic portrait while exploring the introspective nature of portraiture. Rather than presenting the viewer with the facts about a person, these portraits provoke inquiry and engage the viewer in a dialogue. What can we learn from a portrait? What do we read into a portrait?
The 27 portraits chosen for this exhibition are some of the newest additions to the Museum’s photographic collection – a collection that spans centuries, styles, and continents. New Faces of the Collection opens on Saturday, May 28th!
Grant Mudford, Steve Rogers, 1989. Gelatin silver print. SBMA, Museum purchase with funds provided by the Challenge Fund.
Carlos and Jason Sanchez, John Mark Karr, 2007. Inkjet print, ed. 1/5. SBMA, Gift of Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco.
Gottfried Helnwein, Modern Sleep 1, 2004. Pigment print on vinyl. SBMA, Gift of Helnwein Studios.
Robert Weingarten, Portrait of Colin Powell, 2008. Pigment print, ed. 3/10. SBMA, Gift of the artist and Museum purchase with funds provided by PhotoFutures.
Roger Eberhard, Untitled (Brett), 2007. From the series “In Good Light,” Lambda print. SBMA, Gift of Susan Jorgenson and Alice Gillaroo.