Now at the Guggenheim: Gillian Wearing: Wearing Masks

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There is a very interesting exhibit at the Guggenheim Museum that I think you might want to see.  It’s on until April 4. It’s called Gillian Wearing: Wearing Masks. It’s multi-media comprising paintings, videos, sculptures.

Wearing’s profoundly empathetic and psychologically intense work probes the tension between the self and society in an increasingly media- saturated world.  Over her three-decade career, she has focused equally on her own self-portraiture and others’ depictions. Testing the boundaries between the private and public, questioning fixed ideas on identity and anticipating the cultural transformations wrought by social media.  In her work masks serve as both protection and as a metaphor for the performance each of us stages as individuals.



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