Fractured Figure, Volume I

Overview

A culture's body image, as refracted through its art, will usually provide a more telling account of its preoccupations than the most explicit political art; it seems that cultural symptoms leak more readily into depictions of the body than into more overt statements. This is especially true in periods of heightened alienation, when the solitary figure gains poignancy, but bodies register their eras in many ways: the signifiers of opulence, imperialism, fashion, social decay, sexual convention and anxiety can all...

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Overview

A culture's body image, as refracted through its art, will usually provide a more telling account of its preoccupations than the most explicit political art; it seems that cultural symptoms leak more readily into depictions of the body than into more overt statements. This is especially true in periods of heightened alienation, when the solitary figure gains poignancy, but bodies register their eras in many ways: the signifiers of opulence, imperialism, fashion, social decay, sexual convention and anxiety can all be readily inscribed onto the human form in art--and indeed, always have been. Fractured Figure projects our millennial moment as one of fragile bodies pitched against a restless, dysphasic backdrop, in which terrorism and global warming impinge as daily realities. It draws on the world-renowned contemporary collection of Dakis Joannou, who, in collaboration with Jeffrey Deitch, has previously organized shows such as Artificial Nature and Post Human, in which similar concerns have arisen. Here, in works by Chris Ofili, David Altmejd, Richard Prince, Urs Fischer, Pawel Althamer, Ashley Bickerton, Barnaby Furnas and others, the figure is shown as un-idealized and compellingly mortal--situated in a realm that we will immediately recognize as our own.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780977868674
  • Publisher: D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/2008
  • Pages: 216
  • Age range: 10 years
  • Product dimensions: 11.30 (w) x 14.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Ofili (born 1968) is an English painter noted for works referencing aspects of his African background. He is one of the best-known Young British Artists, a Turner Prize winner, and the source of one of the New York art world's biggest scandals. It was Ofili's painting, a depiction of a black African Virgin Mary surrounded by images from blaxploitation movies and close-ups of female genitalia cut from pornographic magazines, that caused then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani to close the infamous Sensation exhibition at The Brooklyn Museum in 1999.

Tim Hawkinson was born in San Francisco in 1960 and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. He has shown his work extensively for more than 25 years--most recently at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

John Bock was born in 1965 in Gribbohm, Germany. He began studies in business at the University of Hamburg, but soon switched to studying art there. His work has been exhibited widely, icluding at the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City.

George Condo was born in Concord, New Hampshire in 1957. In the early 80s he worked at Andy Warhol's Factory, then later rose to fame in alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, and Julian Schnabel, playing a key role in the 80s revival of painting. Solo exhibitions of Condo's work have been mounted at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston and the Palais des Congres de Paris, as well as at such prestigious galleries as Bruno Bischofsberger in Zurich and Luhring Augustine and PaceWildenstein in New York. In 1999, he received the Academy Award in Art from the American Academy ofArts and Letters.

Urs Fischer was born in Zurich in 1973. He began training in photography but switched to sculpture, drawing, and painting at De Ateliers studio in Amsterdam. In recent years he has participated in numerous major international exhibitions, such as the Venice Biennale in 2003, and he had a solo show that year at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. He is represented by Gavin Brown gallery in New York and Sadie Coles in London.

Urs Fischer was born in Zurich in 1973. He began training in photography but switched to sculpture, drawing, and painting at De Ateliers studio in Amsterdam. In recent years he has participated in numerous major international exhibitions, such as the Venice Biennale in 2003, and he had a solo show that year at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. He is represented by Gavin Brown gallery in New York and Sadie Coles in London.

The self-taught San Francisco-based artist Chris Johanson was born in 1968. His work has appeared at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and in the 2002 Whitney Biennial in New York, and he has had solo shows at SITE Santa Fe, the UCLA Hammer Museum, the Jack Hanley Gallery in San Francisco and Deitch Projects in New York. His work has been covered in the New York and Los Angeles Times, Vice, Black Book, Tokion, Paper, Interview and the New Yorker.

Martin Kippenberger was born in Dortmund, Germany, in 1953, to a mine director and a dermatologist. He showed artistic talent, and independence, at at early age, boycotting art classes in elementary school after a teacher gave him only the second highest grade. Since then his work has been exhibited at museums and galleries worldwide, including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Until his death in 1997, he lived and worked in Austria.

Jeff Koons was born in York, Pennsylvania, in 1955. The former Wall Street commodities broker rose to prominence in the mid-80s and has been the subject of numerous solo museum exhibitions, such as those seen at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Bilbao Guggenheim, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Koons currently lives in New York.

Paul McCarthy was born in 1945 in Salt Lake City, Utah and he currently lives and works in Los Angeles. He studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and the University of Southern California. McCarthy's artwork was brought to public attention in the 1970s with his performance pieces and works in film. Since then he has experimented with sculpture, installation and inflatable objects.

Richard Prince was born in 1949 in the Panama Canal Zone. He has had more than 50 solo exhibitions since 1980, at venues including the Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York; Sadie Coles HO, London; Parco, Tokyo; Regan Projects, Los Angeles; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum Boijmans-Van Beunigen, Rotterdam; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. His books include Why I Go to the Movies Alone (Tanem Press, 1983), Wild History (Tanem Press, 1985), Inside World (Thea Westreich, 1989), Adult Comedy Action Drama (Scalo, 1995), and 4 x 4 (Powerhouse Books, 1997). Prince currently lives and works in New York.

The German-born American artist Kiki Smith began showing at alternative spaces such as The Kitchen and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in New York in the mid-1980s. By the early 90s, she had earned a strong international reputation, participating in the Whitney Biennials of 1991 and 1993. Solo exhibitions have taken place at The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; and several venues in Europe. She is represented by PaceWildenstein Gallery in New York.

Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) grew up in Brooklyn. His first notoriety came when he was making street paintings under the tag SAMO. Later he stormed the gallery world, and became an icon of New York's vibrant early-80s downtown scene, a friend to and collaborator with Andy Warhol and Francesco Clemente, and the cover boy for a 1985 New York Times Magazine story on the new art market. His death following a heroin overdose at 27 did not by any means decrease interest in his work, which was recently the subject of a retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum, New York.

"Gregor Schneider was born in 1969 in Germany and has been exhibiting his work since 1992. Gallery exhibitions of his work have been held throughout Germany and in Tokyo, London, and Warsaw, and museum exhibitions have been mounted at Museum Haus Lange in Krefeld, Kunsthalle Bern and K nstlerhaus Stuttgart, Portikus Frankfurt am Main, and the MusEe diart moderne de la ville de Paris. Schneider was awarded the Golden Lion at the 2001 Venice Biennale."

Jeffrey Deitch is an art advisor, art writer, exhibition organizer, and the founder of Deitch Projects, an art gallery in Soho, New York that, since 1996, has consistently shown some of the most cutting-edge international contemporary art. As an independent curator, he has put together numerous exhibitions including Post Human, Strange Abstraction, and Artificial Nature. His writing has appeared in Art in America, Arts, and numerous exhibition catalogues, and he was the first American editor for Flash Art. Prior to opening his own art advisory firm in 1988, he was a vice president at Citibank, where he developed and managed the bank's art advisory and art finance business.

Robert Gober was born in Wallingford, Connecticut, in 1954 and moved to New York in 1976. In 1983 he abandoned painting and turned his attention to sculpture. Since 1979 he has had numerous exhibitions, both in the United States and abroad. He represented the United States at the Venice Biennale in 2001, and his work has been the subject of one-person museum exhibitions at such institutions as the Dia Center for the Arts, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C. and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

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