The Naked Nude / Portrait of my British wife

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Editor Thames & Hudson Writer Frances Borzello  

Format 28.00 x 21.50 cm / Hardback / Number of pages 192pp, 130 Illustrations, 116 in colour / First published 2012  ISBN 9780500238929 Language English

Description The book memorably contrasts the civilized, 
sanitized, perfected artistic nude of Kenneth Clark’s classic, The Nude: A Study in Ideal Form, with 
today’s depictions: raw, uncomfortable, both disturbing and intriguing. Grittier and more subtle, both male and female, the new nude asks awkward questions and behaves provocatively. It is a very naked nude, created to deal with the issues and contradictions that surround the body in our time.

Borzello explores the role of the nude in 20th- and 21st-century art, looking at the work of a wide 
range of international artists creating contemporary nudes. Her fascinating text is complemented by a 
profusion of well-chosen, unusual and beautifully reproduced illustrations.

The story begins with an investigation into how and why the nude has survived and flourished in 
an art world that prematurely announced its demise. Subsequent chapters 
focus in turn on:  Body art , Performance art, New perspectives of women artists. 

The nude in painting, portraiture, sculpture – and its most extreme and graphic expressions that intentionally push the boundaries of both art and our comfort zone.

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