Eleanor ANTIN

Historical Takes
2008
Hardback
Eleanor ANTIN: Historical Takes
Publisher: Prestel
Dimensions: 25 x 30cm
Pages: 125
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A pioneering conceptual and multidisciplinary artist, Antin has lately turned her attention to creating enormous photo-realist settings based on Greek and Roman history and mythology. Gathered here for the first time in book form, these works, often displayed as two-page spreads, are both comic and psychologically complex re-enactments from literature: "Roman Allegories", "Last Days of Pompeii", and "Helen's Odyssey". Employing her friends as models, Antin has created a series of tableaux which touch on themes of 'her story' while commenting on the roles women play in allegory and myth.Including a foreword by the San Diego Museum of Art director Derrick Cartwright, an interview with the artist by critic Max Kozloff, and essays by Betti-Sue Hertz and Amelia G. Jones, this volume also contains a selection of works from three earlier projects from the 1970s and 1980s: "The King", "Angel of Mercy" and "Recollections of My Life with Diaghilev". Designed to echo a neoclassical work from the nineteenth century, this volume is an indispensable survey of Antin's influential work in photography.