This Is a Portrait if I Say So: Identity in American Art, 1912 to Today

Anne Collins Goodyear, Jonathan Frederick Walz, and Kathleen Merrill Campagnolo, with a contribution by Dorinda Evans

The sumptuously illustrated catalogue explores portraiture as a site of artistic experimentation, in works that shift the genre from one based on mimesis to one stressing symbolic associations between artists and subjects. Featuring over 100 color illustrations this publication probes the way we think about and picture the self and others.  Essays exploring three significant periods of experimentation in portraiture during the past century: the 1910s–20s; 1960s, and 1990–present have been prepared, respectively, by each of the three curators of the exhibition: Jonathan Frederick Walz, director of curatorial affairs & curator of American art, the Columbus Museum, Columbus, Georgia; Kathleen Merrill Campagnolo, independent curator and scholar, and Anne Collins Goodyear, co-director of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. Dorinda Evans, professor emerita at Emory University, contributed a study of the prehistory of symbolic and abstract portraiture in the United States.

The catalogue, published by Yale University Press in association with the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, accompanies an exhibition of the same name, on view through October 23, 2016 at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

Hardcover, 2016. 264 pages, 107 color illustrations.



$60.00 USD