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Mirror Image

February 23, 2019 – May 19, 2019

Fred Stonehouse, Untitled, 1987. Mixed media on paper, 10 7/8 x 8 1/2 inches. Collection of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Purchase, through Arts Midwest with matching funds from the Rudolph and Louise Langer Fund.
Fred Stonehouse, Untitled, 1987. Mixed media on paper, 10 7/8 x 8 1/2 inches. Collection of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Purchase, through Arts Midwest with matching funds from the Rudolph and Louise Langer Fund.
overview

Drawn entirely from MMoCA’s permanent collection, Mirror Image presents the evolution of the portrait from the early twentieth century to the present. A mirrored reflection of the presence of both artist and sitter, portraiture has long been a part of the history of art. While often depicting physical likeness, portraiture also addresses issues of identity and the personality of an individual. The introduction of the photograph, alongside the movement to abstraction, shifted the portrait from an elite mode of documentation to a more conceptual approach of representing self and other.

Today the contemporary practice of portraiture is even more accessible through the ubiquitous social media phenomenon of the selfie. Throughout history, the portrait remains a means for engagement with others and for the memorialization of self. Mirror Image contains over 100 portraits—over half haven’t been on view in over two decades, including 30 works that have never been on view. The exhibition features work by artists Gertrude Abercrombie, Ivan Albright, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Warrington Colescott, Jim Dine, David Hockney, Alex Katz, Käthe Kollwitz, Henri Matisse, Jim Nutt, Diego Rivera, and Karl Wirsum.

Artwork

Where or When (Things Past). Artist: Gertrude Abercrombie. Date: 1948. Medium: oil on canvas.

Where or When (Things Past)

1948

Gertrude Abercrombie

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Portrait of a Painter. Artist: Marlyn Agnew. Date: 1982. Medium: oil on canvas.

Portrait of a Painter

1982

Marlyn Agnew

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Self-Portrait at 55 Division Street. Artist: Ivan Le Lorraine Albright. Date: 1947. Medium: lithograph on paper.

Self-Portrait at 55 Division Street

1947

Ivan Le Lorraine Albright

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Mujer con rebozo / Woman with Rebozo. Artist: Emilio Amero. Date: 1938. Medium: litografía en color sobre papel / color lithograph on paper.

Mujer con rebozo / Woman with Rebozo

1938

Emilio Amero

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Cabeza / Head. Artist: Raúl Anguiano. Date: 1944. Medium: litografía sobre papel / lithograph on paper.

Cabeza / Head

1944

Raúl Anguiano

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Pic. Artist: Robert Arneson. Date: 1980. Medium: lithograph on paper.

Pic

1980

Robert Arneson

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Up Against It. Artist: Robert Arneson. Date: 1980. Medium: lithograph on paper.

Up Against It

1980

Robert Arneson

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A Hollow Gesture. Artist: Robert Arneson. Date: 1980. Medium: lithograph on paper.

A Hollow Gesture

1980

Robert Arneson

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Northwest Self-Portrait. Artist: Leonard Baskin. Date: 1996. Medium: etching on paper.

Northwest Self-Portrait

1996

Leonard Baskin

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Self-Portrait. Artist: Jack Beal. Date: 1974. Medium: lithograph on paper.

Self-Portrait

1974

Jack Beal

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Sketch Portrait of Denys Wortman in New Britain Museum. Artist: Thomas Hart Benton. Date: c. 1953. Medium: oil on board.

Sketch Portrait of Denys Wortman in New Britain Museum

c. 1953

Thomas Hart Benton

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Self-Portrait. Artist: Reginald Marsh. Date: 1942. Medium: ink and wash on paper.

Self-Portrait

1942

Reginald Marsh

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Self-Portrait. Artist: Mark Mulhern. Date: 1996. Medium: monotype on paper.

Self-Portrait

1996

Mark Mulhern

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Self-Portrait. Artist: Phuong Nguyen. Date: 1995. Medium: oil on Masonite.

Self-Portrait

1995

Phuong Nguyen

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Self-Portrait. Artist: Rockwell Kent. Date: 1937. Medium: lithographic crayon and ink.

Self-Portrait

1937

Rockwell Kent

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Self-Portrait. Artist: Robert Hodgell. Date: 1963. Medium: woodcut on paper.

Self-Portrait

1963

Robert Hodgell

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Self-Portrait. Artist: Warrington Colescott. Date: 1961. Medium: burin engraving, soft-ground etching, and aquatint.

Self-Portrait

1961

Warrington Colescott

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Self-Portrait. Artist: Thomas Hart Benton. Date: c. 1940. Medium: pen and ink on paper.

Self-Portrait

c. 1940

Thomas Hart Benton

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No. 2 from the Dance of Life Suite. Artist: Harry Bowers. Date: 1978, printed 1984. Medium: chromogenic print.

No. 2 from the Dance of Life Suite

1978, printed 1984

Harry Bowers

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Señor de Papantla / Man from Papantla. Artist: Manuel Álvarez Bravo. Date: 1934-35, printed 1977. Medium: plata sobre gelatina / gelatin silver print.

Señor de Papantla / Man from Papantla

1934-35, printed 1977

Manuel Álvarez Bravo

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S. P. (Self-Portrait). Artist: Harvey Breverman. Date: 1980. Medium: lithograph.

S. P. (Self-Portrait)

1980

Harvey Breverman

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Untitled (woman with scissors). Artist: Duane Brissette. Date: no date. Medium: collage.

Untitled (woman with scissors)

no date

Duane Brissette

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Untitled (man smoking cigarette). Artist: Duane Brissette. Date: no date. Medium: collage.

Untitled (man smoking cigarette)

no date

Duane Brissette

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The Search. Artist: Joan Brown. Date: 1977. Medium: oil enamel.

The Search

1977

Joan Brown

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Tea for Tuschen. Artist: Robin Carnes. Date: 1982. Medium: mixed media photograph.

Tea for Tuschen

1982

Robin Carnes

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Looking Backward. Artist: Herbert Carroll Cassill. Date: no date. Medium: etching.

Looking Backward

no date

Herbert Carroll Cassill

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Untitled (Mauve Dress). Artist: Patty Chang. Date: 2004. Medium: C-print.

Untitled (Mauve Dress)

2004

Patty Chang

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Robert/Manipulated. Artist: Chuck Close. Date: 1982. Medium: handmade paper in 24 gray values.

Robert/Manipulated

1982

Chuck Close

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Self-Portrait Smoking the Plate. Artist: Warrington Colescott. Date: 1980. Medium: soft-ground etching and aquatint, with relief rolls through stencils.

Self-Portrait Smoking the Plate

1980

Warrington Colescott

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Bhupendra. Artist: John R. Coplans. Date: 1980. Medium: gelatin silver print.

Bhupendra

1980

John R. Coplans

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Self-Portrait: Feet Frontal. Artist: John R. Coplans. Date: 1984. Medium: gelatin silver print.

Self-Portrait: Feet Frontal

1984

John R. Coplans

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Portrait of Chelsea F.. Artist: Thomas Cornell. Date: 1991. Medium: oil.

Portrait of Chelsea F.

1991

Thomas Cornell

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Andy Warhol. Artist: Douglas Edmunds. Date: 1981. Medium: gelatin silver print.

Andy Warhol

1981

Douglas Edmunds

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Christo – Madison, Wisconsin. Artist: Douglas Edmunds. Date: 1982. Medium: gelatin silver print.

Christo – Madison, Wisconsin

1982

Douglas Edmunds

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Self-Portrait. Artist: Alex Katz. Date: 1978. Medium: aquatint.

Self-Portrait

1978

Alex Katz

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Self-Portrait. Artist: James Falconer. Date: 1964. Medium: oil on canvas.

Self-Portrait

1964

James Falconer

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Autoretrato (Self-Portrait). Artist: Rafael Ferrer. Date: 1988. Medium: woodcut.

Autoretrato (Self-Portrait)

1988

Rafael Ferrer

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Sasha with a Bowl of Candy. Artist: Janet Fish. Date: 1983. Medium: pastel on paper.

Sasha with a Bowl of Candy

1983

Janet Fish

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Self-Portrait with Begonias. Artist: Sondra Freckelton. Date: 1973. Medium: hand-colored lithograph on paper.

Self-Portrait with Begonias

1973

Sondra Freckelton

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Portrait of Dudley Huppler. Artist: Marshall Glasier. Date: 1948. Medium: ink and watercolor on paper.

Portrait of Dudley Huppler

1948

Marshall Glasier

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7 December, 1942. Artist: Melissa Gould. Date: 1978. Medium: gelatin silver print.

7 December, 1942

1978

Melissa Gould

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Self-portrait with Sandy. Artist: Cherie Hiser. Date: 1974, published 1976. Medium: gelatin silver print.

Self-portrait with Sandy

1974, published 1976

Cherie Hiser

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Panama Hat. Artist: David Hockney. Date: 1972. Medium: etching with aquatint on paper.

Panama Hat

1972

David Hockney

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Ada on Green Couch. Artist: Alex Katz. Date: 1971. Medium: oil.

Ada on Green Couch

1971

Alex Katz

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Tossing a Friend (Melinda) (1, 2, and 3). Artist: Martin Kersels. Date: 1996. Medium: C-prints on Fujiflex.

Tossing a Friend (Melinda) (1, 2, and 3)

1996

Martin Kersels

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Tossing a Friend (Melinda) (1, 2, and 3). Artist: Martin Kersels. Date: 1996. Medium: C-prints on Fujiflex.

Tossing a Friend (Melinda) (1, 2, and 3)

1996

Martin Kersels

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Tossing a Friend (Melinda) (1, 2, and 3). Artist: Martin Kersels. Date: 1996. Medium: C-prints on Fujiflex.

Tossing a Friend (Melinda) (1, 2, and 3)

1996

Martin Kersels

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Call of Death (Ruf des Todes). Artist: Käthe Kollwitz. Date: c. 1937. Medium: lithograph.

Call of Death (Ruf des Todes)

c. 1937

Käthe Kollwitz

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My Mother. Artist: Rolf Koppel. Date: 1973, published 1976. Medium: gelatin silver print.

My Mother

1973, published 1976

Rolf Koppel

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Albert. Artist: June Leaf. Date: 1973. Medium: mixed media, Polaroid photos, collage and acrylic/collage with photographs and acrylic (recent label copy).

Albert

1973

June Leaf

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Anne Hertzfeld. Artist: Alfred Leslie. Date: 1976. Medium: pencil and graphite on paper.

Anne Hertzfeld

1976

Alfred Leslie

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Wahnes Parotia. Artist: Robert Lostutter. Date: 2009. Medium: watercolor on paper.

Wahnes Parotia

2009

Robert Lostutter

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Mental Hospital, Hargeisa, Somaliland. Artist: Narayan Mahon. Date: n.d.. Medium: archival pigment print.

Mental Hospital, Hargeisa, Somaliland

n.d.

Narayan Mahon

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Woman with White Fur. Artist: Henri Matisse. Date: 1929. Medium: lithograph.

Woman with White Fur

1929

Henri Matisse

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René Magritte. Artist: Duane Michals. Date: 1965. Medium: gelatin silver print.

René Magritte

1965

Duane Michals

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Self-Portrait as if I were Dead. Artist: Duane Michals. Date: 1968. Medium: gelatin silver print.

Self-Portrait as if I were Dead

1968

Duane Michals

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Phil. Artist: Richard Misrach. Date: 1972. Medium: gelatin silver print.

Phil

1972

Richard Misrach

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Joe Wilfer II. Artist: Santiago Moix. Date: 1995. Medium: woodcut on paper.

Joe Wilfer II

1995

Santiago Moix

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Self-Portrait Mask. Artist: Dennis Nechvatal. Date: 1981. Medium: charcoal.

Self-Portrait Mask

1981

Dennis Nechvatal

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Self-Portrait (Ellis Island). Artist: Lorie Novak. Date: 1988. Medium: Cibachrome print.

Self-Portrait (Ellis Island)

1988

Lorie Novak

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He Might Be a Dipdick But They Are a Pair. Artist: Jim Nutt. Date: 1972. Medium: acrylic on paper.

He Might Be a Dipdick But They Are a Pair

1972

Jim Nutt

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He Might Be a Dipdick But They Are a Pair. Artist: Jim Nutt. Date: 1972. Medium: acrylic on paper.

He Might Be a Dipdick But They Are a Pair

1972

Jim Nutt

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Cheek. Artist: Jim Nutt. Date: 1990-91. Medium: acrylic on linen with artist's painted frame.

Cheek

1990-91

Jim Nutt

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La Chata / Pug-Nose. Artist: José Clemente  Orozco. Date: 1935. Medium: Punta seca sobre papel / drypoint on paper.

La Chata / Pug-Nose

1935

José Clemente Orozco

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John Wood & Eric Renner, Santa Fe. Artist: Eric Renner. Date: 1976. Medium: gelatin silver print.

John Wood & Eric Renner, Santa Fe

1976

Eric Renner

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Mother and Father. Artist: Jeffrey Silverthorne. Date: 1988. Medium: Cibachrome print.

Mother and Father

1988

Jeffrey Silverthorne

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Portrait of Warrington Colescott. Artist: Stephen  Greene. Medium: pencil on paper.

Portrait of Warrington Colescott

Stephen Greene

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Rudolph Tracy. Artist: Karl Wirsum. Date: 1987. Medium: acrylic on wood.

Rudolph Tracy

1987

Karl Wirsum

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Comic Book Specimen #2, Right Profile. Artist: Ray Yoshida. Date: 1968. Medium: collage on paper.

Comic Book Specimen #2, Right Profile

1968

Ray Yoshida

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John Wilde, The Sons of Worse than Bitches Have Put A Hole in My Head!!, 1944. Graphite and ink on paper, 14 x 11 1/2 inches. Collection of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Gift of the artist.
Exhibition Sponsors

Generous support for Mirror Image has been provided by JoAnne Robbins and David Falk; the Theda and Tamblin Clark Smith Family Foundation; Bell Laboratories; Chuck Bauer and Chuck Beckwith; a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts; and MMoCA Volunteers.