Decapitations: the portrait, the anti-portrait … and what comes after?

Newman, Michael. 2020. Decapitations: the portrait, the anti-portrait … and what comes after? In: Fiona Johnstone and Kirstie Imber, eds. Anti-Portraiture: Challenging the Limits of the Portrait. London: Bloomsbury Visual Arts, pp. 25-68. ISBN 9781784534127 [Book Section]

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The essay traces the history of the anti-portrait (portraits that use other means than representation, or that challenge representation) during the 20th and 21st centuries, including portraits based on analogies with things, language portraits, and portraits based on traces of bodily processes. It is the most comprehensive discussion of the subject to date. The argument is extended into a retrospective re-interpretation of what a portrait might be considered to be and of what it is a portrait. The development of the anti-portrait is connected to changes in the concept of the subject and the development of new media and social media.

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