New Mexico Art Tells its History

Las Meninas (Self Portrait)

Las Meninas (self portrait), 1987
Joel-Peter Witkin (American, born 1939)
gelatin silver print, toned 14 1/2 x 14 3/4 in. (36.8 x 37.5 cm)
Museum purchase with funds from Barbara Erdman, 1988

Joel Peter Witkin is a photographer who creates surreal images that contain many references to art history. His pictures are montages, or collages that are done photographically, in which he combines many strange images into one. Witkin chooses bizarre and sometimes horrific images to create his nightmarish world.

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