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The Male Nude Paperback – 1 Sep 2008
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."..two gorgeous new coffee table books out from Universe Publishing...these books are so freaking hot..." "Instinct Magazine" on "Nude Male "and "Divas!""Iit's the latest and most current survey of the male nude form, as seen through the eyes of today's most important and influential artists." "The Meadville Tribune"
About the Author
David Leddick is an expert in male nude photography and the author of several anthologies on the subject.
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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.
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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This edition of the book also has about 190 pages and photos more than the Taschen 25th anniversary edition with the same author and title. I now have both versions. This edition has the same photos as the later edition and a lot of additional ones. The text is the same in both editions. This is definitely the preferred edition IMO.
Mr. leddick did a great BOOK