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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (Nov. 8 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847827577
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847827572
  • Product Dimensions: 31 x 28 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #196,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By G. McCaughry on Jan. 14 2011
Format: Hardcover
And delivery in record time, I cannot complain and this was a gift well received for my girlfriend who's also a talented painter!
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Despite all the flaws of the book, Saville's Importance Rings True Dec 19 2005
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Jenny Saville is a big painter! Probably one of the few painters in history whose career was launched at her finals show form art school, Saville has established herself as one of the more exciting figurative artists of our time. Right up there with Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud in her ability to splash daring observations and passions on huge canvases, she has already establish a 'look' that is unmistakable.

Not that Saville was the first painter to dwell on the massively/morbidly obese female (Freud's 'carcasses' were startlingly new, Haneline Rogeberg has painted the full figured female for years, etc), but her superimposition of surgical alteration and disease states together with the painterly style of describing flesh are startling and awe inspiring. Placing multiple figures together ('Fulcrum') or conjoined or simply overloading the capacity of a sitter's stool emphasizes the magnitude of her thoughts on her very large canvases.

Many people are grumbling about the design of the book and the paucity of completed works and to an extent this is reason for concern. The four essays may be old to those who have followed her career, but to those to whom Jenny Saville is a discovery these four writings do add depth to understanding her skyrocketing rise to fame. It is terrific to see photographs of the materials in her studio that have inspired her paintings: drawings, surgical photographs of liposuction, trauma victims, deformity correction, disease states, transgender patients and notes all add to the atmosphere of the studio where she works.

Perhaps the next monograph, and there surely will be one as Saville continues to grow and mature, will give us more new work. Until then at least we have a large book that congregates the bulk of her work and for that we should be grateful! Recommended. Grady Harp, December 05
58 of 67 people found the following review helpful
Very Dissappointed, bad design, poor image quality, lacking text. Nov. 21 2005
By D. McGinnis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
As an Artist (Painter) who buys many art books and counts Jenny Saville as one of his favorite younger painters, I have been eagerly awaiting this books release. I was also fortunate enough to get the Catalogue for Saville's Territories exhibition, and not I don't want to sell it. Considering the quality of the Territories and Migrants publications, my expectations for this book were admittedly high. I also saw both shows in person. As for this book, Disappointing is an understatement. Let's start with the obvious, it is incomplete and does not contain any of her earlier work and the text is nothing new, just a collection of older stuff. Then the reproduction quality is poor, the images are too small, the colors aren't accurate, they're overly contrasting. This leads me to believe that someone that never saw the actual works ran the images through some Photoshop printing filter and didn't actually compare the printed images to the paintings. In addition, the layout of the artwork in the book is just plain bad. Instead of centering the images on the page, they hug the center, which makes them awkward to look at. For a book publisher, this is unforgivable.

The positive aspects of the book are: well, there's finally a book on Saville and the photos of her studies, references and studio a well done, in fact there could be more. They do provide detail shots of her painting, which is mandatory with her work considering the scale. However, the few positives can't make up for a very poor book overall on an important contemporary artist.

One reviewer said, "Move over Lucian Freud", I think not. A comparison cannot be made until Saville is in her 80's, then we'll (well someone will) talk. While her earlier work is very impressive, I'm becoming concerned about where she is going paint wise. The earlier work has "character", the newer work and pieces from the Migrants exhibition seem slick, rushed and overly pretty. The new work also lacks the conceptual strength of the early work (her weak point anyway). It seems to me she's becoming a cliché of herself. The best comparison I can think of is the animation style of the early Simpsons or South Park compared to later years. The rough edges and distinctiveness have disappeared, replaces by standardization and predictability, never a good thing for an artist. I hope that this phase of Saville's career will pass quickly.

Final Score 4 out of 10
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
just par Nov. 12 2005
By Craig Sjursen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A little bit of a disappointment to be honest. Every painting in this book has been published already except for 'torso 1'. I think I was looking for the "complete works" not just some selected ones that the publisher thought was representing. On top of that, the writings by the late David Sylvester and Linda Nochlin where also previously published. On a good note, the people out there who don't already have the Territories, Migrants or Macro catalogues need not spend thousands of dollars trying to acquire them now. I did like the studio photos and the close-ups. It does give you a sense of how she works and what makes up her paintings. Nothing substitutes seeing Jenny Saville's work in person but being able to see her brush strokes does help a lot. I guess it's worth the thirty dollars or so for the book. Just don't look for a Catalogue Raisonne.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Disappointing Nov. 9 2005
By James Colbert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I'm a simple painter with a large collection of art monographs. I was excited to learn of this release that I pre-ordered from Amazon back in September. This would be the first comprehensive tome on the young Miss Saville. I have bit and pieces here and there, but as you know, it's quite nice to have it collected in one serious, single book. It would have been great had that happened. Instead, I found a confusing collage of frank source material and paintings that does neither justice. Her monumental human landscapes and faces lose scale and the murky and lurid studio images almost take center stage. Maybe I'm wrong, but I think a more focused book on her paintings would feel more satisfying, although less trendy.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I'm repulsed and yet I cannot look away... Jan. 30 2012
By Starry Eyes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have mixed feeling about this book. Jenny Saville is an amazing painter, but the subject matter is so grotesque I can never get through the book in one sitting without closing it in disgust. Dead meat, obese naked women, surgery & bloody flesh, hermaphrodites....I can't tell if she's disturbed or chooses these subjects for shock value to get attention in the art world. Whatever the case may be, her talent cannot be denied. The reason it is so disturbing is also the reason it is so great - because her rendering is so true to flesh. From the perspective of an art lover and a would-be painter, I am amazed by her talent and style. She definitely stands out, and this book deserves it's place in my art library.

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