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The nude in American painting, 1950-1980
McCarthy, David, 1960-
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Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1998.
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xii, 253 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Introduction -- Ambition, "perversity", and tradition: Larry Rivers -- Modernism, surveillance, and the photographic: Philip Pearlstein -- Of playboys, pinups, and the "Great American Nude": Tom Wesselmann -- Eros as protest: Neil Welliver and Alfred Leslie -- Feminist revisions: Sylvia Sleigh and Joan Semmel -- Conclusion.
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Central Library ND1292 .M33 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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In the years following Willem de Kooning's exhibition of the Woman paintings in 1953, a younger generation of American painters turned to the subject of the nude. Challenging received ideas concerning the proper course of modernist painting, these works reasserted one of the most important themes of twentieth-century visual culture: the body within representation. This study focuses on selected nudes by seven noted American painters, including Larry Rivers, Tom Wesselman, Sylvia Sleigh, and Joan Semmel, and examines the complex range of issues and ideas associated with the nude in postwar American culture. In a period that witnessed the shaping of sexual liberation by the Kinsey reports, the publication of Playboy, and the feminist critique of sexism and identity, the nude, David McCarthy argues, served as an ideal subject for painting's engagement with the most important issues of its historical moment.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction
2 Ambition, æperversityÆ, and traditionLarry Rivers
3 Modernism, surveillance, and the photographic
4 Of playboys, pinups, and æthe great American nudeÆTom Wesselmann
5 Eros as protestNeil Welliver and Alfred Leslie
6 Feminist revisionsSylvia Sleigh and Joan Semmel
7 Conclusion

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