Anne Collins Goodyear is co-director of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. Jonathan Frederick Walz is curator of American art at the Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Kathleen Merrill Campagnolo is an independent curator and scholar. Dorinda Evans is professor emerita, art history, Emory University.
In a time when identity, politics, and technology are so prevalent in our daily lives, This is a Portrait If I Say So reveals a new narrative of the progression of portraiture in American art. -Mackenzie Salisbury, ARLIS/NA Reviews -- Mackenzie Salisbury * ARLIS/NA Reviews * [This] book explores how different artists investigate the meaning of identity through a range of issues, from sexuality and technology to race and politics . . . [to] reveal both the expansiveness and the diversity within the genre of American portraiture. -The Magazine Antiques * The Magazine Antiques * Given the scholarly attention devoted to portraiture in recent years, and the growing number of major exhibitions that look at the genre, This Is a Portrait If I Say So is a timely intervention. One of its great strengths is the absolutely fascinating and unusual array of portraits chosen for examination. -Shearer West, University of Sheffield -- Shearer West While the rise of identity politics since the early 1990s has subjected ideas of the nature and representation of identity to scrutiny, there has been no single publication that focuses on artists' development of radical alternative strategies in portraiture. The authors of This Is a Portrait If I Say So are to be applauded for addressing this important and neglected subject, and for the original and significant questions that their project raises. -Paul Moorhouse, National Portrait Gallery, London -- Paul Moorhouse