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The Body in Contemporary Art

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A new volume in the acclaimed World of Art series: featuring work across a range of media that represents the human body.
This international survey presents art made over the last two decades in which the human form is central. From painting and sculpture to installation, video art, and performance, it examines the roles played by the body in art, from being the subject of portraiture to becoming an active presence in participatory events.
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Overview

A new volume in the acclaimed World of Art series: featuring work across a range of media that represents the human body.
This international survey presents art made over the last two decades in which the human form is central. From painting and sculpture to installation, video art, and performance, it examines the roles played by the body in art, from being the subject of portraiture to becoming an active presence in participatory events.
Organized thematically, the book focuses on subjects such as nature and technology, the grotesque, identity politics, and the place of the individual in society. Featuring work by artists such as Matthew Barney, Marlene Dumas, Olafur Eliasson, Oleg Kulik, and Ernesto Neto, it shows how the body continues to be pivotal to the understanding and expression of our place in the universe.

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The Magazine (Santa Fe's Monthly)
“Makes the human body an effective lens through which to view the myriad strands of postmodern art since it settled into pluralism in the 1900s…. A valuable readable reference.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500204009
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 10/26/2009
  • Series: World of Art
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 574,703
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Sally O’Reilly contributes regularly to art magazines, including Art Monthly, Frieze, Art Review, and Time Out, and has written numerous catalogue essays for museums and galleries.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Ch. 1 Representation and Presence 16

Ch. 2 The Body in Time and Space 48

Ch. 3 Difference and Solidarity 78

Ch. 4 Nature, Myth, Technology 112

Ch. 5 Monstrous Bodies 148

Ch. 6 Over To You 188

Further reading 216

List of illustrations 219

Index 223

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