Electa, 2005 First edition Softcover, 128 pages, 177 x 246 mm Text in English and Italian Condition: Near Fine
In her depictions of the human form, Jenny Saville transcends the boundaries of both classical figuration and modern abstraction. Oil paint, applied in heavy layers, becomes as visceral as flesh itself, each painted mark maintaining a supple, mobile life of its own.
One of the most prominent members of the Young British Artists (YBAs), the loose group of painters and sculptors who came to prominence in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Saville reinvigorated contemporary figurative painting by challenging the limits of the genre and raising questions about society’s perception of the body and its potential. Though forward-looking, her work reveals a deep awareness, both intellectual and sensory, of how the body has been represented over time and across cultures.
Published on the occasion of Jenny Saville's exhibition at MACRO(Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Roma) in 2005.
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