Hemma Schmutz (Ed.)
The title nude, pensive stems from a postcard found by Austrian artist Ulrike Lienbacher—a pin-up girl on a bed, lost in contemplation. Lienbacher’s book expands upon her 2010 exhibition Elite Bodies// Revolt at the Salzburger Kunstverein and reflects the many aspects of nudity and ways of viewing naked bodies in the history of visual culture: as an ancient mytho-historical motif in art history, a learning tool for students in figure drawing classes, and the object of the pornographic gaze. This richly illustrated volume contains new drawings, preceded by black-and-white photographs of body studies and previously unpublished photographic works—museum scenes, still lifes and interiors. Once again this artist entrances us with her seductive and sensual but simple drawings. Texts by cultural theorist Elke Krasny and curator Thomas Trummer contemplate the role of the nude in contemporary art-making.
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SALSBURGER KUNSTVEREIN, AUSTRIA