Supporting your high street Find out how »
Basket Image


Second Skin : Josephine Baker & the Modern Surface, Paperback / softback Book


Through the figure of Josephine Baker, Second Skin tells the story of an unexpected yet enduring intimacy between the invention of a modernist style and the theatricalization of black skin at the turn of the twentieth century.

Stepping outside of the platitudes surrounding this iconic figure, Anne A.

Cheng argues that Baker's famous nakedness must be understood within larger philosophic and aesthetic debates about, and desire for, 'pure surface' thatcrystallized at the convergence of modern art, architecture, machinery, and philosophy.

Through Cheng's analysis, Baker emerges as a central artist whose work engages with and impacts various modes of modernist display such as film, photography, art, and even the modern house.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 256 pages, 25 illustrations
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Architecture
  • ISBN: 9780199988167



Free Home Delivery

on all orders

Pick up orders

from local bookshops