Rodin: Sex and the Making of Modern Sculpture

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Rodin: Sex and the Making of Modern Sculpture

About the Author:

David J. Getsy is the Goldabelle McComb Finn Distinguished Professor of Art History at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is also the author of Abstract Bodies: Sixties Sculpture in the Expanded Field of Gender (Yale 2015) and Body Doubles: Sculpture in Britain, 1877-1905 (Yale 2004). 

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By David J. Getsy

 

During his lifetime, Auguste Rodin's name became synonymous with modern sculpture-- and sex. Rodin came to emphasize the importance of desire and the sexual as the markers of his individual perspective, using them to fuel his increasingly daring treatments of the nude. In the minds of many viewers, the dramatic and activated surfaces of his sculptures came to be seen as evidence of not just a sculptor's touch but of a lover's touch as well. This fascinating book makes a case for reconsidering the terms of Rodin's influence, arguing that the sculptor placed renewed emphasis on the materiality and objecthood of sculpture as a means of asserting his own desire's inseparability from his works.

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  • Hardcover 
  • 6 2/5" x 9/10" x 8 3/5"
  • 245 pages
  • Yale University Press, 2010
  • ISBN-10: 0300167253
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300167252

 

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