Mirror Image

It's clear that the dawning of digital cameras has led to a new phenomenon--the self-portrait. Pose and delete. Pose and delete. It's an endless cycle for those who search for the perfect photo to place online or send to a long-distance love. But long before cameras of any kind, people relied on artists to preserve their likeness for posterity. It was probably a lot harder to tell Picasso to start over again. (And who could even tell if he made a mistake or was just feeling Cubist?) The Mirror and the Mask, an exhibition at the Kimbell Art Museum, examines painting and sculpture portraiture from artists such as Picasso, Modigliani, Cezanne and Matisse. The paintings reflect how portraiture evolved historically and artistically. Even though these were portraits that one had to sit quietly for, these pieces are now considered masterpieces. We wonder if the same will be said of online dating photos in 100 years. The Mirror and the Mask hangs through September 16 at the Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd. in Fort Worth. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and Saturdays; noon to 8 p.m. Fridays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $5 to $14. Call 817-332-8451 or visit kimbellart.org.
June 17-Sept. 16

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