Fine arts critic Phillip Kennicott shares the winners and his top picks from the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition sponsored by the National Portrait Gallery. The contest is held every three years, and the first-place winner receives $25,000 and a commission to create a portrait of a famous individual for the Portrait Gallery. An exhibition at the museum includes work by the 48 finalists, including video works, paintings, drawings and new media.
"Jennifer Wickham" by Bo Gehring Using a video camera, first-place winner Bo Gehring filmed a long, slow pan over the body of his friend, furniture designer Jessica Wickham. The camera is placed so close to the subject that the edges of the body fall outside the frame. But it captures intimate details of clothing, hair and skin, a scrutiny so detailed that at one point Wickham seems to flinch as the camera passes by her face. Courtesy of Bo Gehring and National Portrait Gallery Buy Photo