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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Universe Publishing Inc.,U.S. (1 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789317567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789317568
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 1.8 x 27.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,218,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Leddick is an expert in male nude photography and the author of several anthologies on the subject.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mark twain on 22 Dec. 2010
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be very disappointing. For a vision of the 21st century, it is uninspiring, with far too much emphasis on sculpted male torsos which seemed firmly entrenched in the 1990's.
It would be great to have an authoritative book of contemporary trends in representing the male nude, although this weak book would not even come close.
The accompanying text is banal and does not offer any real insights.
Poorly written and researched, and annoyingly full of errors.
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Few writers have so consistently illuminated the history of the controversy of the male nude in art as David Leddick. For more than ten years Leddick has not only written excellent novels and biographies and monographs of fascinating individual artists, but he has also educated the public with his very fine art books combining photography with all forms of visual art dealing with the changing appreciation and acceptance of the male nude. In 1997 he introduced NAKED MEN: PIONEERING MALE NUDES 1935 - 1955, in 2000 he published NAKED MEN TOO: LIBERATING THE MALE NUDE 1950 - 2000, in 2001 he released MALE NUDE NOW: NEW VISIONS FOR THE 21st CENTURY, and now in 2008 he culminates his work with this excellent book THE NUDE MALE: 21st CENTURY VISIONS.

After an apt and brief introduction in which he suggests that both the rise of photography as an art form and the rise of Feminism allowed the male nude to gain popularity and acceptance in art, Leddick presents 140 established and emerging artists, in alphabetical order, with ample examples of each artist's contribution to the theme of the book. His panorama of artists is global and includes such luminaries as Duane Michaels, Don Bachardy, Chuck Close, David Hockney, John Currin, Reed Massengill, Kobi Israel, Wes Hempel, Jack Balas, Lucian Freud, Dimitris Yeros, Nan Golden, Arthur Tress, Wolfgan Tillmans, Alexis Rodriguez-Duarte, Joe Oppedisano, Michael Leonard, Matthias Herrmann, and Greg Gorman - to name but a few. The images are accompanied by a brief but informative biographical statement about the artist displayed, and the design of the book by Jennifer Laino is a work of art in itself.

Viewing this book is informative to both the art student and the art public in general, entertaining for the amount of humor it contains, and provocative. It is certainly well within the high standard of Leddick's previous books - a handsome volume of artistic significance. Grady Harp, May 10
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
The Nude Review 1 Nov. 2008
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I purchased this book after seeing David Leddick's "The Male Nude". The Male Nude portrayed male nude photography throughout the history of photography. This new book "The Nude Male: 21st Century Visions" observes artists who are working with the Nude Male in this contemporary world of art. The photographs are all at a high quality, many large prints.

The descriptions of the artists who are working with the nude male are very brief. I would like to have seen more information on the artists to do further research. After seeing this book I don't know if I would consider David Leddick a critic or simply a collector of these photographic compositions. There is a small mix of paintings and drawings of the nude male, but mostly these images are photographs. The majority is of white nude males, a small amount of African Americans, one elderly, one overweight, and one handicap nude male.

I think that the interesting aspect of this book compared to some of Leddick's other works is the increase in homo-eroticism and how fashion has influenced the way the male nude is portrayed. (Just some of my own observations).

I gave it 4 starts for its high quality and the large amount of artists that were included in this book, but I would have liked to have more information to accompany the artist's work and/or intentions of their art.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Disappointing 16 Oct. 2009
By Bryce David - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Nude Male: 21st Century Visions by David Leddick is a disappointing art book (or book on art?). It features over 140 artists spread out within its 250 pages. Do the math: the book basically showcases those 140+ artists with tiny one paragraph descriptions about the artists often with just one accompanying artwork in a book that's 250 pages big. This means it mostly showcases one artist with one piece of artwork on one page! The effect is needlessly cluttered, claustrophobic and in the end meaningless vis a vis who the artist is and what encompasses their work because a single photo can hardly do justice to an artist's entire work or vision. In some cases there are two artists per page, with artwork spread over on two pages. This aspect is very disappointing. Had I had the choice in peaking into the book before purchasing it I wouldn't have bought it.

What's also disappointing is that it says "21st Century Visions" but most of the art (if I can call it art) looks positively passé. This book would have probably been avant garde in the 1970s but today most of it looks quaint and dated, or just standard "titillating" stuff you see everywhere on the internet. The photo on page 183 sums up the quality of the "art" found in this book: model staring boringly at photographer in a contrived pose. Only a few artists works live up to the word art or to the title "21st Century Visions". One of the artist is Andreas Bitesnich who's work is, unsurprisingly, featured on the cover, which made me purchase this book. We get to see three photos by Bitesnich, and two of them transcend the standard male nude to become art. Another interesting work is on page 230-31 by Henning Von Berg who the author describes as "handsome and strong himself." Seriously. There are a few other interesting photos here and there but the majority of the art is uninspired, boring or just plain insipid.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Caught between two worlds 9 Dec. 2009
By Jesse M. Kahn - Published on Amazon.com
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As a professional artist and occasional photographer of male nudes, I had hoped for a much more in-depth and useful book examining what it means to explore the male nude in art. This is, for all intents and purposes, a series of ads for the various artists in the book, with hyperbolic text and email contact information.

While there is an interesting mix of emerging and super-famous, male and female, and straight and Gay artists, there is a remarkable lack of ethnic diversity, sticking mostly (though not exclusively) with people of European descent as creators and subjects.

I am further disappointed that there a misspellings and typographic errors throughout. Combined with the heavy self-promotional quality of the writing and this ends up feeling like a vanity publication, not a serious text.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
David Leddick Continues His Important Art Survey of the Male Nude 4 Jan. 2009
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Few writers have so consistently illuminated the history of the controversy of the male nude in art as David Leddick. For more than ten years Leddick has not only written excellent novels and biographies and monographs of fascinating individual artists, but he has also educated the public with his very fine art books combining photography with all forms of visual art dealing with the changing appreciation and acceptance of the male nude. In 1997 he introduced NAKED MEN: PIONEERING MALE NUDES 1935 - 1955, in 2000 he published NAKED MEN TOO: LIBERATING THE MALE NUDE 1950 - 2000, in 2001 he released MALE NUDE NOW: NEW VISIONS FOR THE 21st CENTURY, and now in 2008 he culminates his work with this excellent book THE NUDE MALE: 21st CENTURY VISIONS.

After an apt and brief introduction in which he suggests that both the rise of photography as an art form and the rise of Feminism allowed the male nude to gain popularity and acceptance in art, Leddick presents 140 established and emerging artists, in alphabetical order, with ample examples of each artist's contribution to the theme of the book. His panorama of artists is global and includes such luminaries as Duane Michaels, Don Bachardy, Chuck Close, David Hockney, John Currin, Reed Massengill, Kobi Israel, Wes Hempel, Jack Balas, Lucian Freud, Dimitris Yeros, Nan Golden, Arthur Tress, Wolfgan Tillmans, Alexis Rodriguez-Duarte, Joe Oppedisano, Michael Leonard, Matthias Herrmann, and Greg Gorman - to name but a few. The images are accompanied by a brief but informative biographical statement about the artist displayed, and the design of the book by Jennifer Laino is a work of art in itself.

Viewing this book is informative to both the art student and the art public in general, entertaining for the amount of humor it contains, and provocative. It is certainly well within the high standard of Leddick's previous books - a handsome volume of artistic significance. Grady Harp, January 09
Not worth it. 9 Jun. 2014
By Gabriel Dee - Published on Amazon.com
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This book sucks. The picture on the cover is good, but the rest is crap. Bad pictures and bad design layout.
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