Since 1990, French-born artist Orlan has done seven plastic surgery "performances" which have radically reconstructed her face. She last added futuristic-looking pads of skin to each temple--utilizing the process which ordinarily constructs heightened cheekbones. In a 1998 digital photography series called Self Hybridization, she montaged pictures of herself with images of Pre-Columbian, American Indian, African and "mutant" figures. Notorious for the kind of stunts that make good sound bites--on French television in 1993, she gave Madonna a reliquary containing a few grams of flesh that had been removed during surgery, to which Madonna replied, "It looks like caviar"--Orlan has been the subject of a host of critical writings in the fields of Feminism, Body art and Performance art. Orlan's most definitive monograph to date, this volume contextualizes past works--which include not only performance, but painting, sculpture, photography and poetry--with the plastic surgery pieces for which she is best known. It is published following the artist's first museum retrospective, which took place at the Museum of Modern Art in Sainte-Etienne, France, on the occasion of her sixtieth birthday, in 2007. Organized by Lóránd Hegyi, co-curator of the 2003 Venice Biennale, the retrospective brought Orlan's entire oeuvre together for the first time; Hegyi also contributes an incisive essay to this monograph.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9788881586523
Publisher: Charta
Publication date: 01/28/2008
Edition description: Bilingual
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 12.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

"Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami is internationally renowned for his films Ou est la maison de mon ami? , Au travers des oliviers, Cannes-winner Le Gout de la Cerise (The Taste of Cherry), Le Vent nous emportera, and his most recent, Ceremonie Speciale, which was featured at the 1999 Venice Film Festival. He was recently named one of the top five directors of the 1990is by the Village Voice."

Donald Kuspit is one of America's most distinguished art critics. He was the winner of the prestigous Frank Jewett Mather Award for Distinction in Art Criticism and is a contributing editor at Artforum, Sculpture, and Tema Celeste, as well as editor of Art Criticism. He is a professor of art history and philosophy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and the author of more than 20 books, including The End of Art, The Cult of the Avant-Garde Artist, and The Rebirth of Painting in the Late 20th Century.

Orlan was born in 1947 in Saint Etienne, France. In 2006-2007 she was Scholar in Residence at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, and in 2003, she was titled Chevalier de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government--one of its highest honors. Represented in New York by Stephan Stux Gallery, Orlan teaches at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and at the Ecola Nationale Superieur d'Art in Paris. She lives and works between Los Angeles, New York and Paris.

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