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Jenny Saville Hardcover – 12 Oct 2005

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications; First Edition edition (12 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847827577
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847827572
  • Product Dimensions: 28.1 x 2.5 x 31.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 265,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Simon Schama is the art critic for the New Yorker as well as a world-renowned scholar. Schama has taught at Cambridge, Oxford, and Harvard and is now Professor of History at Columbia University where specializes in European cultural and environmental history and art history. Between 1999 and 2002 he wrote, presented, and filmed the fifteen-part A History of Britain for BBC Television. He is currently at work on a book about the Anglo-American relationship and an eight part television series for the BBC, The Power of Art.


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I was interested in her earlier work, the huge canvases of herself on display in the Saatchi gallery as well as 'Strategy' and 'Juncture' etc. Unfortunately these were smaller on the page than necessary, but the quality of the images were excellent. I found this the most disappointing. Saville's work is about large scale, so why did the publisher choose to print them small on the page, leaving a lot of unused space?

It includes photos in her studio, enlargements of the work and clippings from some of her sketch books showing newspaper pictures and medical textbooks, which reveal the source of some of her later images.

I think the book could have been better, with larger images and more in-depth interviews. I was also unaware of her more recent work, which is distasteful, but that would be entirely my own opinion. On the other hand, the close up images of her work do reveal her brush marks and are very interesting. Her use of colour is really highlighted by this.

I do not want to repeat other reviews. It wasn't a complete disaster, just disappointing in parts but with good detailing of her work.
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By J. Mcdonald TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Dec. 2012
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I`ve had this book for over a year now and have found myself referencing it more and more often, not just for my own work but for the benefit of my painting students.
I have followed Saville`s progress ever since I saw her graduation show at GSA and was fortunate to exhibit alongside her in a show at the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh in 1994 where she contributed three works - a major alternative version of "Propped" and two studies, one of which was for "Branded". I was impressed by her work then; this volume more than confirms her status in my mind as an outstanding talent.
As others have noted, there are relatively few works actually included, but for me, that is beside the point; the volume is rich in detailed close-ups of her brushwork revealing her wonderfully loose technique; in her brief interview with Simon Schama she mentions her affinity with abstract art - something I not only share but have explored in my own art for over a decade - I find myself very much in tune with her work.
The imagery is perhaps not for everyone, but I have never yet met a serious painter who has commented disparagingly on her work.
This is - currently - the most easily obtainable and affordable book on Saville available; the texts are thin, but the work is remarkable, rewarding and unflinching.
An excellent addition to any serious art library.
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I purchased this book for our schools art department, I knew it would be brilliant as I know of her work. The close ups of the painting techniques are fantastic, if you are and inspiring artist or old timer like myself you can not help but be inspired by this book. There are images that are unsuitable for under 16's. At last an art book that has large, in depth images. It"s a beauty.
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The book opens with two short essays and a reprint from The Independent, January 30 1994, which is a statement by the artist about her work and her approach; in addition there is an interview with Jenny Saville, May 2005, in which she further describes her approach to painting. The book includes a Biography and a Bibliography. Of the text by far the more interesting are the two in the artist's own words, far more down to earth and revealing, the two short essays border on the pretentious.

There is no question that the book is beautifully illustrated with around 85 full-colour images. However it is worth noting how that breaks down. There are 32 paintings illustrated, and while a few approach full-page size many are smaller, unnecessarily so as there is plenty of room on the page; these picture need to be as large as possible considering the actual size of the paintings. About 20 of the illustrations are of a detail of the paintings, these images are full page or even double-page bleed illustrations; they are very informative although one or two seem so enlarged as to become abstract images in their own right. The remaining 33 or so images, mostly double-page bleed illustrations, are photographs of extracts from the artists notes and sketch books, her sources such as books or photographs, and views of her studio; however again one or two go beyond being informative and are simply arty pictures for their own sake.

This is a well produced book, the illustrations show the artist's work well, and convey an idea of the texture of the paint. However overall I feel it is lacking, the attempt at a showy display and the cleaver photography detract from the paintings, and apart from the artist's own words the text is insubstantial. FIVE STARS for the artist! but the book could be a lot better.
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Fabulous book - beautiful pictures, including close ups to show the raw detail. Also a few articles on Jenny Saville and her art, and an interview with her. Well worth the money if you are interested in modern life drawing.
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I could write and essay explaining why I have rated this book as 5 star but it really breaks down to his... It is wonderful Disturbing, thought provoking and provides a wonderful reference of one of the true new british arists. And shcok horror!! An artist that can actually paint!! if you like Saville then you will like the book. Simple.
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