Body Of Art

23rd October 2015 | Alice Taylor

Body Of Art is an eagerly anticipated book from Phaidon celebrating ‘the beautiful and provocative ways artists have represented, scrutinized and utilized the body over centuries’:

Examines art through that most accessible and relatable lens: the human body.

There are no directly comparable titles in the market; this is the only book to examine the subject in such depth and scope.

Diverse and multi-cultural, it explores the manifestations of the body through time, cultures and media.

Visually arresting, this book will surprise, inspire and inform art lovers everywhere.

Over 400 artists featured: works range from 11,000 BC hand stencils in Argentine caves to videos and performances by contemporary artists such as Marina Abramovic, Joan Jonas and Bruce Nauman.

Follows in the tradition of bestsellers such as The Story of Art, The Art Book, The Photography Book, and 30,000 Years of Art.

The images taken from the book are:

Orgy Composition (2008) by George Condo

Detail from untitled (double-sided), illustration for In the Realms of the Unreal (mid 20th century) by Henry Darger.

Pygmalion and Galatea (1890) by Jean-Léon Gérôme

Blue Nude III (1952) by Henri Matisse

Three Women (1921-2) by Fernand Léger

Still from Painter (1995) by Paul McCarthy

Via: Phaidon