Jenny Saville, Hardback Book
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At thirty-two, Jenny Saville has had a career most artists twice her age would envy.

In 1992, the year she completed her studies at Glasgow School of Art, her graduation exhibition sold out.

Most notably, one painting was bought by Charles Saatchi and, since then, her international reputation has grown at a rapid and steady pace.

Part of the generation of yBa's - Young British Artists - the prices for her paintings have continued to soar with canvases that now command more than $500,000.

Jenny Saville has been described as a "New Old Master" for the technical proficiency of her oversize nudes that have earned her comparisons to the likes of Lucian Freud.

This volume, including her biography and exhibition history, will be published in association with the Gagosian Gallery in London.

This is the only monograph devoted to the critically acclaimed young artist.

From art historians David Sylvester and Linda Nochlin to critics Roberta Smith and Michael Kimmelman, Saville's paintings have garnered universal praise. Her work was shown alongside that of Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin and others in the acclaimed and seminal survey of new British art Sensation at the Royal Academy (London, 1997) and the Brooklyn Museum of Art (New York, 2000).


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 166 pages, 100 colour & b/w illustrations
  • Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Art & design styles: from c 1960
  • ISBN: 9780847827572



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The book opens with two short essays and a reprint from The Independent, January 30 1994, which is a statement by the artist about her work and her approach; in addition there is an interview with Jenny Saville, May 2005, in which she further describes her approach to painting. The book includes a Biography and a Bibliography. Of the text by far the more interesting are the two in the artist’s own words, far more down to earth and revealing, the two short essays border on the pretentious.There is no question that the book is beautifully illustrated with around 85 full-colour images. However it is worth noting how that breaks down. There are 32 paintings illustrated, and while a few approach full-page size many are smaller, unnecessarily so as there is plenty of room on the page; these picture need to be as large as possible considering the actual size of the paintings. About 20 of the illustrations are of a detail of the paintings, these images are full page or even double-page bleed illustrations; they are very informative although one or two seem so enlarged as to become abstract images in their own right. The remaining 33 or so images, mostly double-page bleed illustrations, are photographs of extracts from the artists notes and sketch books, her sources such as books or photographs, and views of her studio; however again one or two go beyond being informative and are simply arty pictures for their own sake.This is a well produced book, the illustrations show the artist’s work well, and convey an idea of the texture of the paint. However overall I feel it is lacking, the attempt at a showy display and the cleaver photography detract from the paintings, and apart from the artist’s own words the text is insubstantial.