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).
Simon Schama is the art critic for the New Yorker as well as a world-renowned scholar. Schama has taught at Cambridge, Oxford, and Harvard and is now Professor of History at Columbia University where specializes in European cultural and environmental history and art history. Between 1999 and 2002 he wrote, presented, and filmed the fifteen-part A History of Britain for BBC Television. He is currently at work on a book about the Anglo-American relationship and an eight part television series for the BBC, The Power of Art.
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