Pictures at an Exhibition

Natalie White at Bill Brady, Miami

Installation view of "Natalie White: A Muse Me," 2017, at Bill Brady, Miami. COURTESY THE ARTIST AND BILL BRADY, MIAMI

Installation view of “Natalie White: A Muse Me,” 2017, at Bill Brady, Miami.

COURTESY THE ARTIST AND BILL BRADY, MIAMI

Pictures at an Exhibition presents images of one notable show every weekday.

Today’s show: “Natalie White: A Muse Me” is on view at Bill Brady in Miami through Saturday, May 13. The solo exhibition presents 14 large-format Polaroid self-portraits by the artist, a former muse and model to various male photographers.

An excerpt from her artist statement accompanying the exhibition:

People would compliment a portrait of me by Peter Beard or another famous artist and I would wonder to myself if they were already primed to like it because it was by this famous male artist. They would talk about the expressive qualities of the piece—but my captured expressions weren’t truly genuine. A heterosexual male artist is inherently ill-equipped to capture the authentic female state. I love my body, but for different reasons than a hetero male does. I wanted to take ownership of my likeness and come up with a process that could more accurately capture my emotional state. I wanted to become my own muse.

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