John Coplans: Recent Gifts to the Permanent CollectionJan 29 — Mar 25, 2000


  • John Coplans, Self Portrait (Back Torso from Below), 1985

  • John Coplans, Self-Portrait, Three Times, 1987

  • John Coplans, Self Portrait (Back and Arms), 1984

  • John Coplans, Self Portrait (Hands holding feet), 1985

  • John Coplans, Self Portrait (Seated Figure I-V), 1987

Our culture is heavily invested in being, or at least looking young. We are accustom to viewing the faces and bodies of an idealized youthful form. Less familiar are the visual realities of the aging body. John Coplans, the founding editor of Art Forum magazine, began photographing his body tightly framed and anonymously by not including his head.

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