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The Reign of Narcissism
 
In The Reign of Narcissism, Barbara Bloom creates a personal museum devoted to her own likeness, which is emblazoned on all of the objects in the collection, including Greek-style sculptures and bas-reliefs, tea sets and chocolates displayed in vitrines, a tombstone, and a published series of books entitled The Complete Works of Barbara Bloom (1989). These are displayed in a hexagonal parlor-style room that evokes the private museum. A parody of the monomania that can consume collectors, this work is, for the artist, "less related to Freudian narcissism than it is to the narcissistic aspects of artmaking and collecting."
 
Barbara Bloom.
The Reign of Narcissism. 1988-89.

Mixed media installation, overall (approx.) 12 x 20 x 20' (365 x 609 x 609 cm). The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Purchased with funds provided by The Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles. Photo: 1989 Ken Schles, courtesy Gorney, Bravin & Lee, New York



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