Curve: The Female Nude Now

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The female nude has been one of the most enduring themes in art. Curve surveys how artists over the course of the last ten years have been sculpting, photographing, and painting the female form. A wide range of work and styles is represented: from the work of John Currin and Lisa Yuskavage, whose inspiration ranges from Old Master painting to Penthouse magazine, respectively, to the sensual nudes of Jock Sturges's photographs to the brazen women who populate fine arts, photography, and fashion work. The sheer ...
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Overview

The female nude has been one of the most enduring themes in art. Curve surveys how artists over the course of the last ten years have been sculpting, photographing, and painting the female form. A wide range of work and styles is represented: from the work of John Currin and Lisa Yuskavage, whose inspiration ranges from Old Master painting to Penthouse magazine, respectively, to the sensual nudes of Jock Sturges's photographs to the brazen women who populate fine arts, photography, and fashion work. The sheer variety of the art presented will speak to a wide and diverse audience.
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The seductive, startling, and sometimes quirky images included in this survey of contemporary female nudes captivates the eye and stimulates the mind. As the first comprehensive look at the last decade of the female nude in fine art, this book, with essays by six art writers, further blurs the area among the erotic, art, and pornography. Demonstrating a wide variety of approaches to the female figure, works from more than 90 prominent and controversial artists are included in this delicious peek at nude bodies. Representatives from photography, performance and body art, painting, sculpture, and digital media are assembled for the 300 illustrations. Functioning as a counterpart to David Leddick's The Male Nude Now: New Visions for the 21st Century, Curve's similar purpose in exploring representations of the human figure includes previously unpublished works from both established artists and bold newcomers. Appealing to the voyeur in us all, the visually driven content makes the book delightful to browse yet supplies analysis of each artist's work to satisfy the art critic. Regular circulation may render this paperback edition ragged, but otherwise it is highly recommended for larger public and academic libraries.-Rebecca Tolley-Stokes, East Tennessee State Univ. Lib., Johnson City Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780789308719
  • Publisher: Universe Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/8/2003
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 10
Virgin and Whore: The Female Nude Undressed 12
Nicolas Africano 18
Makoto Aida 20
Claudio Alessandri 22
Ghada Amer 24
William Bailey 26
Marc Baptiste 28
Tina Barney 30
Bo Bartlett 32
Vanessa Beecroft 34
Alvin Booth 38
Louise Bourgeois 40
Alex Brown 42
Don Brown 44
Tania Bruguera 46
Kristian Burford 48
Elinor Carucci 50
Francesco Clemente 52
Chuck Close 54
Charles Cohen 56
Will Cotton 58
Renee Cox 60
Gregory Crewdson 62
Patricia Cronin 64
Chris Cunningham 66
John Currin 68
Sante D'Orazio 70
Antoine Douaihy 72
Katherine Doyle 74
John Dugdale 76
Marlene Dumas 78
Jeanne Dunning 80
Anh Duong 82
Keith Edmier and Farrah Fawcett 84
Nicole Eisenman 86
Tracey Emin 88
Robert Farber 92
Eric Fischl 94
Judy Fox 96
Ann Gale 98
Margi Geerlinks 100
Kathleen Gilje 102
Nan Goldin 104
Katy Grannan 108
Duncan Hannah 110
Julie Heffernan 112
F. Scott Hess 114
Dana Hoey 116
Nadav Kander 118
Richard Kern 120
Kinke Kooi 122
Justine Kurland 124
David Lachapelle 126
Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin 128
Nikki S. Lee 130
Annie Leibovitz 132
David Levinthal 134
Nina Levy 136
Peter Lindbergh 138
Damian Loeb 140
Sally Mann 142
Malerie Marder 144
Carlo Maria Mariani 146
Yasumasa Morimura 148
Ron Mueck 150
Vik Muniz 152
Takashi Murakami 154
Leonard Nimoy 156
Julian Opie 158
Graydon Parrish 160
Philip Pearlstein 162
Richard Phillips 164
Mel Ramos 166
Rankin 168
Thomas Ruff 170
Peter Sarkisian 172
Jenny Saville 174
Cindy Sherman 176
Kiki Smith 178
Jemima Stehli 180
Jock Sturges 182
Sam Taylor-Wood 184
Juergen Teller 188
Spencer Tunick 190
Ike Ude 192
Costa Vavagiakis 194
Frederic Weber 196
Carrie Mae Weems 198
Tom Wesselmann 200
Su-En Wong 202
Masao Yamamoto 204
Lisa Yuskavage 206
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2003

    remaking a paradigm

    Curves: The Female Nude now focuses on the often problematic yet intriguing role of the female nude in our contemporary and pluralistic art world. Not only does it leave the viewer satisfied through its complexity and candor, it reveals that the art of the present will continue to amaze and renew. Of particular interest are the works of Graydon Parrish and Jenny Saville: opposite sides of the same coin who embrace the female form through beauty and sizable power.

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