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Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, 2009The Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, 2009

with an essay by Trevor Fairbrother and catalogue entries by Brandon Brame Fortune and Lauren Johnson (distributed by the University of Washington Press, 2009), softcover, 5 x 8 ½ in.; 80 pp., $19.95

For the National Portrait Gallery’s most recent portrait competition, held triennially, a jury chose the forty-nine works featured in this book from more than 3,300 entries in a variety of media. The finalists used portraiture or self-portraiture to explore issues of identity and test the boundaries of figurative art. Grand-prize winner Dave Woody received a $25,000 award for his photograph Laura; he will also be commissioned to create a portrait of a notable living American for NPG's collection.

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Faces of the FrontierFaces of the Frontier
Photographic Portraits from the American West, 1845-1924

by Frank H. Goodyear III, with an essay by Richard White (University of Oklahoma Press, 2009), hardcover, 9 x 12 in.; 182 pp., $45.00

Faces of the Frontier showcases more than 120 photographic portraits of leaders, statesmen, soldiers, laborers, activists, criminals, and others, all posed before the cameras that made their way to nearly every mining shantytown and frontier outpost on the prairie. Drawing primarily on the National Portrait Gallery’s collection, this book depicts many of the people who helped transform the West between the end of the Mexican War and passage of the Indian Citizenship Act.

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Self-Portraiture in the Twentieth Century

edited by Wendy Wick Reaves (Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press/Rowman & Littlefield, 2009), hardcover,
9 ¼ x 12 in.; 190 pp., $49.95

In Reflections/Refractions, some of the greatest modern artists use self-portraiture to trace the intricacies of their personalities or artistic personas. The book is at once a catalog of twentieth-century self-portraits in the Portrait Gallery’s collection and an exploration of how modern artists view themselves and the world.

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Marcel DuchampInventing Marcel Duchamp:
The Dynamics of Portraiture

edited by Anne Collins Goodyear and James W. McManus (distributed by MIT Press, 2009), hardcover, 9 x 12 in.; 320 pp., $49.95

One of the most influential artists of the twentieth century, Marcel Duchamp (1887–1968) was a master of self-invention who carefully regulated the image he projected through self-portraiture and through his collaboration with those who portrayed him.

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BallyhooBallyhoo: Posters as Portraiture

by Wendy Wick Reaves (distributed by University of Washington Press, 2008), softcover, 9 x 6 ½ in.; 160 pp., $19.95

Ballyhoo! looks at the poster as a form of popular portraiture. By interweaving the three themes of poster art, celebrity promotion, and advertising, Ballyhoo! suggests how a famous face can enhance the message of the poster and, conversely, how posters have defined and disseminated images of prominent Americans.

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Hip Hop and Contemporary Portraiture

by Brandon Brame Fortune, Frank H. Goodyear III, and Jobyl A. Boone (National Portrait Gallery, 2008), softcover, 11 x 8 ½ in.; 32 pp., $10.00

Images of hip hop performers are as pervasive in our culture as the music itself. This full-color booklet highlights the six artists and one poet—Kehinde Wiley, David Scheinbaum, Jefferson Pinder, Tim Conlon, Dave Hupp, Shinique Smith, and Nikki Giovanni—who appear in the exhibition and captures the vibrancy and energy that characterizes hip hop.

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