Body of art
The first book to celebrate the beautiful and provocative ways artists have represented, scrutinized and utilized the body over centuries, how the human body has been both an inspiration and a medium for artists, from Anthony Gormley and Maya Lin sculptures to eight-armed Hindu gods and ancient Greek reliefs, from feminist graphics and Warhol’s empty electric chair to the blue-tinted complexion of Singer Sargent’s Madame X. It is the most expansive examination of the human body in art, spanning western and non-western, ancient to contemporary, representative to abstract and conceptual. An original and thought provoking look at the human body in art across time, cultures and media. A fresh, accessible and dynamic voice brings to life the diversity of both classical and contemporary art through representations of the body.