The Portrait Now

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The Portrait Now was a major international overview of contemporary portraiture held in 1993–1994 at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Among many others it included portraits by Michael Andrews, Frank Auerbach, Francis Bacon, Tony Bevan, Chuck Close, Jim Dine, Peter Edwards, Stephen Finer, Lucian Freud, Richard Hamilton, Howard Hodgkin, David Hockney, Panayiotis Kalorkoti, Jeff Koons, Leon Kossoff, Alice Neel, Nam June Paik, David Salle, Julian Schnabel and Andy Warhol.


Varied subjects included self-portraits: Koons, Neel, Penck, less known figures and some famous names: Joseph Beuys by Warhol, Marlene Dietrich by Finer, President Mitterrand by Organ, Archbishop Desmond Tutu by Marisol, Seamus Heaney by Edwards, and 'The Smoking Man' a video portrait by Marty St.James.


  • A catalogue of the same name by Robin Gibson was published by the National Portrait Gallery to coincide with the exhibition - ISBN 1-85514-098-5