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Author Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney, N.S.W.)

Title Masquerade : representation and the self in contemporary art.

Published Sydney : Museum of Contemporary Art, 2006.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Southbank  709.22 Mus    AVAILABLE
Physical description 128 pages : colour illustrations ; 27 cm
regular print
Notes Curator: Rachel Kent.
Bibliography Bibliography.
Contents Bas Jan Ader -- Claude Cahun -- Sammuel Fosso -- Ronnie van Hout -- Shigeyuki Kihara -- Martin Kippenberger -- Kalup Donte Linzy -- Ana Mendieta -- Todd McMillan -- Yasumasa Morimura -- Tim Noble & Sue Webster -- Mike parr -- Tracey Rose -- Cindy Sherman -- Sam Taylor-Wood -- Hannah Wilke -- Francesca Woodman.
Summary "The exhibition, Masquerade: Representation and the Self in Contemporary Art at theMuseum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, is intended to complement the Self Portrait :exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales; although it might be more correct tosay that it contrasts with the latter exhibition. The contrast is immediately signalled bythe title. “Self-portrait” is bifurcated into “representation” and “the self” and the possibility of these two terms uniting is put even further into doubt by “masquerade,” a term which foregrounds dissimulation and disguise. In short, the approach of theexhibition can be described as subscribing to typical postmodern scepticism aboutidentity, that is, identity is presented as at the very least unknowable, at most illusory, andcertainly something falsely presumed to be fixed, coherent, stable, or the clear origin point of the subject's actions. This is succinctly summarised by the curator of th eexhibition, Rachel Kent. She notes that much of the work in the show suggests that“identity is inherently unstable, or subject to change and revision”. Changeability andinstability are, in turn, linked to a questioning of the very concept of identity. Kentcontinues: “In some works a central 'core' of identity is challenged or negated altogether,and substituted instead by endless simulacra, rather like a hall of mirrors that reflectrepeatedly back at one another.” -- by Susan Best.
Other author Kent, Rachel.
Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney, N.S.W.)
Subject Art, Modern -- 21st century -- Exhibitions.
Portrait photography -- Exhibitions.
Self-portraits -- Exhibitions.
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Exhibitions.
Exhibition catalogs.
Variant Title Representation and the self in contemporary art.
ISBN 1921034084 : $39.95