Art critic Philip Kennicott reviews the National Gallery’s “The Serial Portrait: Photograph and Identity in the Last One Hundred Years,” an exhibit that examines self-expression, identity and death. The show is on view in the West Building of the National Gallery of Art through Dec. 31, 2012.
“Georgia O’Keeffe” (1918) In a 1918 portrait, the young Georgia O’Keeffe is seen lounging in bed, pulling seductively at the strap of her lingerie. Alfred Stieglitz’s portraits of his lover and then wife, O’Keeffe, were both an exercise in form and a publicity project, fashioning her into his idea of the feminine sex-symbol artist. Alfred Stieglitz/National Gallery of Art