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Jenny Saville: Territories

Publisher: New York: Gagosian Gallery, 1999
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hardcover
Condition: New / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 103086



First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Beige linen cloth-covered boards with title stamped in white on cover and spine; no dust jacket as issued. Paintings by Jenny Saville. Interview with the artist by Martin Gayford. Essay by Del LaGrace Volcano. Text by Barry Martin Weintraub. Studio photographs by Glen Luchford. Includes a list of plates, a biography and an exhibition history. Designed by North. Unpaginated (48 pp., including one 2-page gatefold), with 26 four-color plates (including numerous enlarged details of the paintings), finely printed in England by Colourhouse. 13-1/2 x 9-7/8 inches.

Published on the occasion of the 1999 exhibition Jenny Saville: Territories at the Gagosian Gallery, New York.


New. A mint copy.


From the publisher: "Saville has been recognized as one of the most thought-provoking and technically accomplished talents of her generation... In this long awaited exhibition [her first solo show], the distinctive nature of Saville's giant, fleshy nudes is both surprising and provocative; virtuoso nudes, reminiscent of the old masters', yet employed to question societal obsession with an idealized, almost robotic, image of the female form. By portraying these 'images of extreme humanness' that are so out of place in an anxious culture obsessed with eternal youth and beauty, Saville confronts the very essence of what it means to have an active mind in a decaying, dying body. Characteristic of Saville's work, her paint becomes flesh as it evokes the feel and touch of the body, its smell and material presence. Her gargantuan figures are freed from the conventions of feminine delicacy. They cascade across the canvas and into the viewer's physical space. The vast images of corpulent bodies are deliberately ambiguous as the paintings impose themselves on the viewer and surround the body that is looking at them. The viewer cannot escape the implications of their physical being.

Jenny Saville calls herself 'a scavenger of images,' she normally prefers to work from photographs rather than living models. In her studio she likes to be surrounded by images; her figures are usually composites of several bodies. It is interesting to note that Saville once worked in a plastic surgeon's office in New York and frequently visits a London medical museum as member of a pathology group. She shares with Francis Bacon a fascination for collecting pictures found in old medical journals of bruises, scars, gun shot wounds, pictures of deformities, and traces of disease which leave inscriptions on a body over time, like a memory, or a mark on a canvas."