The contagion of self-portraiture carried on, from the mirrors of the Kiki Smith exhibition (reviewed here) to the mirrors of the contemporary art galleries at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Pistoletto’s two figures on mirror seem to be facing me and the red wall installation behind me. It looks like we are carrying on an awkward conversation, perhaps because I am in color while they are stuck in black and white.
Michaelangelo Pistoletto, Standing Man, Standing Woman with Hat, 1980
If one is going to look at art, and think about art, and write about art, after a bit shouldn’t that person join the art? Oscar Wilde said that “One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.” Surely with a little smoke and mirrors, or maybe just mirrors, I can get past this silly division of art and life and do both.
“All that I desire to point out is the general principle that life imitates art far more than art imitates life.” –Oscar Wilde