Self-Portraiture and LGBTQ Artists from Catherine Opie to Robert Mapplethorpe

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Whether deadpan documentation, a Surrealist fantasy or a performative romp in the guise of an alter ego, LGBTQ artists have pointedly used self-portraiture to insert themselves into the visual environment. From Claude Cahun and Andy Warhol to Robert Mapplethorpe and Catherine Opie, each of these artists emphatically demands attention. Ahead, discover eight tremendous self-portraits, featured in Sotheby’s BENT. auction on 27 June, where the artists present their most personal visions: themselves. –Kelly Sidley

Self-Portraiture and LGBTQ Artists from Catherine Opie to Robert Mapplethorpe

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