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Body of Art


The first book to celebrate the beautiful and provocative ways artists have represented, scrutinized and utilized the body over centuries.


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The first book to celebrate the beautiful and provocative ways artists have represented, scrutinized and utilized the body over centuries.

Examines art through that most accessible and relatable lens: the human body.

There are no directly comparable titles in the market; this is the only book to examine the subject in such depth and scope.

Diverse and multi-cultural, it explores the manifestations of the body through time, cultures and media.

Visually arresting, this book will surprise, inspire and inform art lovers everywhere.

Over 400 artists featured: works range from 11,000 BC hand stencils in Argentine caves to videos and performances by contemporary artists such as Marina Abramovic, Joan Jonas and Bruce Nauman.

Follows in the tradition of bestsellers such as The Story of Art, The Art Book, The Photography Book, and 30,000 Years of Art.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Format: Hardback
Size: 305 x 238 mm, 12 x 9 3/8 in
Pages: 440 pp
Illustrations: 440 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9780714869667
 

Nos 1 Holiday Art Book —Artnet

"Body of Art juxtaposes Sandro Botticelli's Venus with Vanessa Beecroft's army of naked women, the iconic head of Nefertiti, and the work of Ryan Trecartin, among many other artists, to stunning effect. Highly recommended." —Artnet

"A few months ago, Body of Art arrived in the post. I plonked it down on a coffee table pile. I've lost count of the number of times I've picked it up since. One moment I am talking to a visitor, the next they have vanished into a gawping reverie as they flip, fascinated, through its pages." —The Independent

"A sumptuous and continually surprising survey... The editors have grouped their pictures in thought-provoking ways... Short interpretive texts make the correspondences more resonant." —RA Magazine

"A browser's delight, its chief virtue is juxtaposition... Body of Art is one of those compendious volumes so useful for looking things up." —The Spectator

"The editors of Body of Art... had a daunting amount of material from which to choose for their survey of the human body across centuries and cultures. They have done so with real imagination, deftly mixing the old... with the new... and juxtaposing them in themes... The effects - and the similarities and differences - are continually surprising." —The Sunday Times

"An extensive survey of unique and diverse representations of the human body... guaranteed to impress art and anatomy lovers alike." —Interview.com

"comprehensive and compelling. An impressive range of work" —Aesthetica

"a thorough-going exploration of how the body has been represented" —The Independent

"Body of Art positions itself as the most extensive survey of the representation of the body in art ever to be published - a bold claim, but one it deftly pulls off." —Daily Telegraph

"Works are often presented in unlikely but enlightening pairings ...With modest design and concise commentary; this is an intelligent, illuminating survey of a topic that has an enduring appeal." —Daily Telegraph

"Ambitious in scope." —Publishers Weekly

"Body of Art is a fascinating study of the myriad ways in which artists have represented the human body, making often surprising and always illuminating connections between centuries, imaginations and media." —Jennifer Higgie, Writer and co-editor of frieze

"Without reflection, it is difficult to understand the integrity of our corporeality, and the way that our mind is intimately interconnected, body and soul." —Jennifer Blessing, Body of Art

 
Featured artists include:

Marina Abramovic
Ai Weiwei
Nobuyoshi Araki
Francis Bacon
Balthus
Max Beckmann
Vanessa Beecroft
Lynda Benglis
Joseph Beuys
Umberto Boccioni
Pierre Bonnard
Hieronymus Bosch
Sandro Botticelli
François Boucher
Louise Bourgeois
Chris Burden
Caravaggio
Mary Cassatt
Paul Cézanne
Marc Chagall
Judy Chicago
Chuck Close
Gustave Courbet
Martin Creed
John Currin
Leonardo da Vinci
Salvador Dalí
Edgar Degas
 

Eugene Delacroix
Donatello
Marcel Duchamp
Marlene Dumas
Albrecht Dürer
El Greco
Lucian Freud
Paul Gauguin
Alberto Giacometti
Giotto
Robert Gober
Nan Goldin
Francisco Goya
Philip Guston
Damien Hirst
Hokusai
Hans Holbein
Joan Jonas
Frida Kahlo
Yves Klein
Gustav Klimt
Käthe Kollwitz
Jeff Koons
Barbara Kruger
Glenn Ligon
Sarah Lucas
Renee Magritte
Édouard Manet
 

Sally Mann
Andrea Mantegna
Masaccio
Henri Matisse
Michelangelo
Henry Moore
Ron Mueck
Edvard Munch
Bruce Nauman
Alice Neel
Shirin Neshat
Yoko Ono
Pablo Picasso
Adrian Piper
Jackson Pollock
Sheng Qi
Raphael
Man Ray
Rembrandt
Pipilotti Rist
Auguste Rodin
Peter Paul Rubens
Jenny Saville
Egon Schiele
Cindy Sherman
Vincent van Gogh
Kara Walker
Andy Warhol

 
Contents and sections:

THE CYCLE OF BODILY LIFE By Jennifer Blessing

BEAUTY
IDENTITY
POWER
RELIGION & BELIEF
SEX & GENDER
EMOTION EMBODIED
THE BODY’S LIMITS
BODIES & SPACE
THE ABJECT BODY
THE ABSENT BODY

TIMELINE
INDEX


     

"Ambitious in scope."
Publishers Weekly

"I don't think about this book as an art book ...it's a book that uses art to talk about what it means to be human."
The Age

"Illuminating ...more engaging than a straight history of art."
The Age

"Works are often presented in unlikely but enlightening pairings ...With modest design and concise commentary; this is an intelligent, illuminating survey of a topic that has an enduring appeal."
Daily Telegraph

"The book is so well chosen because in art we relate so much to the human body to the point where we talk of a body of art. And so that organic human centred analogy is at the heart of our artistic heritage."
—Judith Zilczer, art historian and writer

"I love that he takes the most common places and, by bringing bodies into them, you just look at it completely differently. It feels both human and inhuman at the same time. You can't believe humans would lie down like that. Those images catch you and, when you see this, you wonder, How did they do it?"
—JR on the work of Spencer Tunick as featured in Body of Art

"The interesting thing about The Blue Nudes, is that Matisse was making them at what was a very physically challenging time for him. so they became, in many ways, the limits he was facing with his own body and they became his strength in tying together all of the things he'd believed in and had done before. It's the kind of 'essential' that you can only reach once you've done everything else."
—Tate curator Flavia Frigeri on Mattisse's Blue Nude as featured in Body of Art

"There are several artists I admire for their depiction of the body. Modigliani when it comes to depicting the body has the sexiest line and the most elegant forms - I always liked his nudes. He painted them in a way so that on one hand they have this element of abstraction but on the other, they are still extremely sensual."
—Luc Tuymans on the work of Modigliani's Nude as featured in Body of Art

"It makes me feel dependable to use the body as a medium of art creation. I realized that the body was the most direct way to contact with society as well as a proof of one's personal identity. In this regard, the physical body is the carrier of my inner heart."
—Zhang Huan on his work Mountain as featured in Body of Art

 

"After I got the contacts back I immediately realised why most artists try at some point to work with the nude it's the skin colours!"
—Tina Barney on Body of Art

"That style of snapshot, (Nan Goldin's Nan One Month After Being Battered - featured in Body of Art) simple, flash-lit photography, was all a big influence on my magazine project - I bought a camera and began shooting."
—Jop van Bennekom, Fantastic Man

"I saw how animal-like we really are, how much fur we have on our body, how many freckles we have and how exotic we look - and how vulnerable."
—Joel Meyerowitz on photographing the human body

"Body of Art positions itself as the most extensive survey of the representation of the body in art ever to be published - a bold claim, but one it deftly pulls off."
Daily Telegraph

"Comprehensive and compelling. An impressive range of work"
Aesthetica

"Body of Art is a fascinating study of the myriad ways in which artists have represented the human body, making often surprising and always illuminating connections between centuries, imaginations and media."
—Jennifer Higgie, Writer and co-editor of frieze

"Who sees the human body correctly: the photographer, the mirror or the painter? And are we to paint what's on the face, what's inside the face or what's behind it?"
—Pablo Picasso

"Without reflection, it is difficult to understand the integrity of our corporeality, and the way that our mind is intimately interconnected, body and soul."
—Jennifer Blessing, Body of Art

"The books on Phaidon's list are as individual and stunning in their production as their content."
The Independent

 
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