Tracey Emin, 'I’ve Got It All,'
2000; C-Print (Tracey Emin/All rights reserved, DACS 2016/Image courtesy of the White Cube)
Frida Kahlo, 'Self-Portrait With Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird,' 1940; Oil on canvas on Masonite (Courtesy Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F./DACS/Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin)
Think you’re the Pablo Picasso of selfies? We have some good news for you: The Saatchi Gallery in London is curating a selfie-centric art exhibit and wants to add yours into the mix.
Set to open in March 30, the exhibit, entitled From Selfie to Self-Expression, will feature a number of well-known artists and photographers who kicked off the age of the selfie (before there was even a word for it). These include the bandaged-ear self-portrait of Vincent Van Gogh; the mirror-reflection of Diego Velázquez in his famous painting Las Meninas; and contemporary shots featuring Hillary Clinton, late Beatle George Harrison, and former president Barack Obama.
Regarding the contest, the gallery notes that “entries must take the form of a photographic selfie,” and hopes that entrants will “take the selfie in exciting new directions.” Ten selfies will be shortlisted by a panel of judges and experts (no word on who these folks will be yet; likely neither Kim Kardashian nor Ellen DeGeneres), and the grand-prize winner will get his or her selfie into the actual exhibit, along with a “photographic experience” prize package (at press time, there is no information on that either).
The winner will be announced at the show’s opening on March 30, and the show itself will run only through May 30, so make sure to get selfie-ing. For more on the exhibit and to browse some of the current entries, click here. Below, take a look at some more famous selfies that the gallery will be including in its exhibit.