An entirely new body of work, Self-Poraits re-evaluates the significance of that most staggeringly normal of forms - the humble wall label. Dedicating an entire exhibition to this oft-overlooked gallery detail is undoubtedly a bold move. Working in a range of media from charcoal to paint on canvas, Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset appropriate labels from a host of famous artists, among them David Hockney, Lynda Benglis, and Martin Kippenberger. The duo's labels are sometimes oversized, sometimes blurred, and always provocative. But for all their daring, you can't help but wonder whether the exhibition is one conceptual step too far.
Nonetheless, it remains a worthwhile addition to the ongoing conversation about the meaning of self-portraiture in a society obsessed by picture-taking and, of course, the selfie.
|What||Elmgreen & Dragset, Self-Portraits, Victoria Miro Gallery|
|Where||Victoria Miro Mayfair, 14 St George Street, London, W1S1FE | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Oxford Circus (underground)|
13 Oct 15 – 07 Nov 15, Open Tuesdays - Saturdays 10:00 - 18:00. Closed on Mondays, open on Sundays by appointment only.
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