London, National Portrait Gallery

Wyndham Lewis (1882–1957) was a British modernist artist and writer who portrayed some of the most important cultural figures of the first half of the twentieth century. This exhibition brings together 58 of his portraits, ranging from delicate drawings to large oil paintings, including depictions of Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, James Joyce, Stephen Spender, Edith Sitwell and Ezra Pound, alongside those of his wife, Froanna.

The chronological show begins with Lewis's self-portraits, in which he imagined himself in a series of multiple identities. For instance, one of them is titled "Portrait of the Artist as the Painter Raphael," also a nod to the title of Joyce's novel "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man." In addition to the portraits, the exhibition features some of Lewis's texts, such as the influential Vorticist journal "Blast," which he edited in 1914-1915. Described by the poet W. H. Auden as "that lonely old volcano of the Right," Lewis was known for his strong views and volatile friendships.

July 3 through October 19, 2008
Porter Gallery, National Portrait Gallery
Saint Martin's Place
London WC2H OHE
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