- 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)
Jenny Saville Hardcover – 12 Oct 2005
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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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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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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. Read morePublished on 10 Dec. 2013 by Moon
Printed on good quality paper, this book gives you an insight in to her working process as well as reproducing some of her work. A good buy! Read morePublished on 11 Feb. 2013 by P. Leay
Thanks, Amazon. About a week before Christmas my A level art student daughter announced that she really wanted a book on Jenny Saville, and you did the business for me. Read morePublished on 20 Jan. 2013 by Mr. James G. Thompson
one of my most prized possessions.
curling up with hot drink on a wet day and getting lost in this book is perfection.
I find Jenny Saville work generally interesting because of her mastership of composing, texturing and applying paint, and occasionally because of her subject matter, too. Read morePublished on 6 Nov. 2009 by Valery Koroshilov