The Body in Contemporary Art presents an international survey of art made over the last two decades in which the human form is central. Featuring work across a range of media, from painting and sculpture to installation, video art and performance, the book examines the different roles played by the body in art, from being the subject of portraiture to becoming an active presence in live and participatory events. Including the work of both internationally renowned and up-and-coming artists from Francis Alys, Marlene Dumas and Matthew Barney to Oleg Kulik, Olafur Eliasson and Ernesto Neto, the book shows how the body continues to be pivotal to our understanding and expression of our place in the universe.
Thames & Hudson Ltd
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Series: World of Art
23 October 2009
1. Representation and Presence * 2. The Body in Time and Space * 3. Difference and Solidarity * 4. Nature, Myth, Technology * 5. Grotesque: Monsters, deviation, abjection, disappearance, death * 6. Over to You/Into the World 4000 * 7. Revised and Remade
Sally O'Reilly is a writer who contributes regularly to various art magazines including Art Monthly, Frieze, Art Review and Time Out. She has written numerous catalogue essays for international museums and galleries. She has curated and produced a number of performance events, both independently and as one of the founders of Brown Mountain College of the Performing Arts.
Reviews for The Body in Contemporary Art
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.