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Description - A Body, A by John Coplans

A Protean Voyage Through, Inside, Around, and all Over the Human Body; Featured in over sixty-five prestigious institutions world-wide, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Tate Gallery, the Met and the MoMA in New York, the National Gallery in Edinburgh and the Pompidou Centre in Paris, this collection is now finally available in a gorgeous printed format. For thirty-three years, the acclaimed painter, editor and art critic John Coplans has photographed his body nude. He made his first picture of his back and hands in 1978 when he was fifty-eight and his last in 2001, at the age of eighty-one. Mythic in scope and unflinching in its examination of one person's humanness and mortality, in this sequence of images Coplans transcends the boundaries of photography as an art. A painter by training and a self-taught photographer by choice, Coplans uses his own headless body as his medium to investigate every inch and idea about his maleness. Epic, grotesque, bittersweet, sensual, provocative, funny and even, at times, absurd, Coplans achieves a visual meditation on the compelling relationship between sensuality, ageing and death that is unparalleled in the history of the medium.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781576871362
ISBN-10: 1576871363
Format: Hardback
(198mm x 129mm x 21mm)
Pages: 200
Imprint: powerHouse Books,U.S.
Publisher: powerHouse Books,U.S.
Publish Date: 1-May-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - John Coplans

John Coplans, born in London and living now in New York, was a founding editor of Artforum magazine, and became the editor-in-chief in 1971. In 1978, as director of the Akron Art Museum, he founded the Midwest Art Journal Dialog. Recipient of two Guggenheim Fellowships, four National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, and an award from the International Association of Art Critics, Coplans was also the 2001 recipient of Officier de I'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French government. He is the author of nine books on art and photography, including Provocations (also available from Turnaround), a book of his critical writings.