SAVILLE, Jenny and LUCHFORD, Guy. Closed Contact.

(New York, NY): Gagosian Gallery, 2002. First edition. Folio. Published to coincide with the exhibition at the Gagosian Gallery. After having observed the operations of reconstructive surgery and aesthetic surgery, acclaimed figurative painter Jenny Saville was eager to express the violence and anaesthetized pain of this experience in her own work. She and fashion photographer Glenn Luchford thus began an artistic collaboration that captures the full range of colour, tonality, and topography of live flesh, in large photographic tableaux that portray Saville’s own body. Distortions confront and coerce the viewer into an examination of his or her own body and the grotesqueries and beauties inherent within; the images likewise recall biological specimens preserved, disembodied, and disfigured. A striking collaboration between the art and fashion world. Includes an essay by Katherine Dunn. Deluxe copy 1/25 signed by Jenny Saville. A very good copy in boards, as usual, lacking the C-print and Perspex box.


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