Rodin: Sex and the Making of Modern Sculpture

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During his lifetime, Auguste Rodin's name became synonymous with modern sculpture-- and sex. Rodin came to emphasize the importance of desire and the sexual as the markers of his individual perspective, using them to fuel his increasingly daring treatments of the nude. In the minds of many viewers, the dramatic and activated surfaces of his sculptures came to be seen as evidence of not just a sculptor's touch but of a lover's touch as well. This fascinating book makes a case for reconsidering the terms of Rodin's influence, arguing that the sculptor placed renewed emphasis on the materiality and objecthood of sculpture as a means of asserting his own desire's inseparability from his works.

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David J. Getsy is the Goldabelle McComb Finn Distinguished Professor of Art History at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is also the author of Abstract Bodies: Sixties Sculpture in the Expanded Field of Gender (Yale 2015) and Body Doubles: Sculpture in Britain, 1877-1905 (Yale 2004).  In addition, he has edited the books Queer for the Whitechapel Gallery's "Documents of Contemporary Art" book series (MIT Press, 20160; Scott Burton: Collected Writings on Art and Performance, 1965-1975 (Soberscove 2012); From Diversion to Subversion: Games, Play, and Twentieth-Century Art (Penn State 2011); and Sculpture and the Pursuit of a Modern Ideal in Britain, c.1880-1930 (Ashgate 2004).

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"Getsy's Rodin throws brilliant light on the matter [of the sculptor's use of sex], as much amusing as instructive... in subject utterly concentrated, this is a revealing book."
-- Brian Sewell, The Evening Standard, December 2010

"This is an important book presenting arguments that are of great interest for the study of sculpture and of modernism generally [....] Getsy has established himself as one of our leading scholars of late-19th-century sculpture."
--Cassone

"Bizzarely contemporary [....] Getsy's book is a refreshing counterpoint to the impressive archive-based research of the last twenty years, [and] his arguments are totally worth listening to" -- Burlington Magazine

"Getsy manages to take what seems to be the most obvious aspect of Rodin—his sexuality—and look at it in a fresh and compelling way. . . . You will never look at or think about Rodin''s sexy subject matter the same way again."—Bob Duggan, Big Think

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