Being exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery in London, this art show was all about ME ME ME. From Selfie to Self-Expression highlighted self-portraits painstakingly created over time by masters such as Picasso, Rembrandt, Frida Kahlo and Van Gogh right down to the instant selfie on our smartphone. How we have evolved!
The smartphone is being highlighted as the new form of artistic self-expression by us mere mortals, artists and photographers, even going back to 1966 where we see George Harrison posing outside the Taj Mahal taking a photo of himself.
Digital installation art is becoming popular these days and the huge large-scale audio installation by Chicago-based artist Christopher Baker was truly spectacular – comprising of over 5,000 video clips from social media platforms. In another room, celebrity selfies adorned the walls including Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Tom Cruise, the famous Oscar selfie and of course, the selfie queen herself – Kim Kardashian. And not one to be left behind, there was also The Donald posing with his selfie stick!
In addition there was Tracey Emin’s I’ve Got It All graphic tongue-in-cheek photograph of herself shoving money between her legs that stated “a shameless, two-fingers up to her critics and a celebration of her triumph”, amongst other big names such as Andy Warhol.
With over 93 million selfies taken each day, is it art, vanity or recording of a memorable moment? One wonders!
(Saatchi Gallery, Kings Road, London SW3; On till September 6, 2017)
By Diane Bilimoria, London