on 6 December 2001
At last a book which gives serious academic consideration to the universal tradition of body decoration. As expected of a book based on a lifetimes research and study, Karl Groning gives us the what, the where and the when. But he also gives us the why. Too often the art of body decoration has been asociated with punks, hippies and perverts. Groning's incisive, explicatory analysis and sumpteous illustrations put body decoration squarely in the frame. If you ever had any doubts about the 'art' in body art, this book will sweep them from your mind. It provides a critique of this art form which leaves no room for argument. The aesthetics of body decoration will leave you gasping for more books by Groning.
on 18 March 2002
I am a maskartist, constantly looking for inspiration.Body paint, or decoration of the human skin is closely linked to masks and global traditions connected to maskuse. I love this book, and find it extremely useful in my work with masks. Not only when I decorate my own things, but in teaching and sculpting too. This book sends you on a spiritual journey of a special magical kind. I highly recommend it. I have had even 4 year - old pupils studying it for a long time with great joy, before their own decoration - work began.. good questions came up and started discussions about far away cultures.Wonders appeared.Get it!