The Body in Contemporary Art

“The body in contemporary art is a bewilderingly vast subject. There are as many bodies as there are artists and viewers, after all. In fact, if you think about it, it seems improbable that there is any art that does not involve the body, since making art and relating to it are rooted in the material world of encounter. And if we take the mind to be the seat of intellect, the body is our interface with the world, and our senses its line of communication, so that even the most dematerialized, conceptual work must take the body into account in some way.” (O’Reilly, 7)

The VRC has cataloged 23 images from The Body in Contemporary Art. These are available to the SCAD community in the Digital Image Database with your MySCAD log-in.

Images clockwise from top-left:

Neshat, Shirin. (1994). Allegiance with Wakefulness. Pen and ink over gelatin silver print. 43 1/2 x 35 inches. Gladstone Gallery, New York City, New York.

Delvoye, Wim. (2001). Lick. Cibachrome on aluminum. 39 3/8 x 49 1/4 inches. Collection of the artist.

Barney, Matthew. (2005). Drawing Restraint 9. Video still. Gladstone Gallery, New York City, New York.

de Bruyckere, Berlinde. (2006). Schmerzensmann IV. Epoxy, wax, iron. 163 3/8 x 40 1/8 x 38 5/8 inches. Private collection.

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