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Ron Mueck (b. 1958) is known for his extraordinarily lifelike sculptures of people in fragile, naked states: a postpartum woman, a crouching, cornered man, and, perhaps most famously, the body of his dead father. Mueck plays dramatically with scale; a newborn baby, with traces of afterbirth and blood, looms impressively over viewers, measuring sixteen feet from crown to foot, while a spooning half-clothed couple would fit easily on a coffee table. In each case, the amount of detail—individual pores and dimples, hairs and blemishes—is uncanny. The figures are disconcerting and yet impossible to resist. Mueck's obsessive attention to detail and craft has its beginnings in his early days as a model maker and puppeteer for films like Jim Henson's Labyrinth. It was in 1997, when noted dealer Charles Saatchi discovered Mueck's work and included his sculpture Dead Dad in the groundbreaking Sensation show, that Mueck began to attract international attention. Today, the artist's sculptures are some of the most widely acclaimed, prominent, and identifiable works of contemporary art. 

Produced in close collaboration with the artist, this beautifully illustrated book is the first to provide a comprehensive look at Mueck's work to date. The book offers detailed insight into the artist's ideas and methods and features a catalogue raisonné. Essays by leading scholars highlight the depth of his practice and further affirm Mueck's importance.

Review:

"Though this isn't the first book devoted to Australian artist Ron Mueck's stunning, hyperrealist sculptures, it may be the most comprehensive. Known for their lifelike quality and playful use of scale, Mueck's sculptures of people in everyday situations are truly unique. Here, readers can examine 38 sculptures at their leisure, including the infamous 'Dead Dad' (a sculpture of his dead father) and 2006's 'A girl' (a massive sculpture of a newborn baby from multiple angles). Few of his subjects do anything dramatic — 1997's 'Angel' shows a bored angel waiting atop a stool, the man in 2009's 'Drift' lounges in a pool — but their subtle expressions speak volumes in this portfolio of stolen moments. Published in conjunction with the National Gallery of Victoria's first major exhibition of Mueck's work, Hurlston superbly compiles photos of the sculptures, but fails to offer much in terms of commentary or documenting the artist's process. The essays that accompany the thirteen chapters range wildly, offering thoughtful criticism as well as a fair share of ostentatious bloviating. Luckily, Mueck's art speaks for itself. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

The first-ever comprehensive look at internationally known artist Ron Mueck's hyperrealist figurative sculpture

About the Author

David Hurlston is Curator of Australian Art at the National Gallery of Victoria.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300176834
Author:
Hurlston, David
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Subject:
Individual Artist
Subject:
Art - Artists
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20111031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
75 color + 2 b/w illus.
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.75 x 6.75 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Though this isn't the first book devoted to Australian artist Ron Mueck's stunning, hyperrealist sculptures, it may be the most comprehensive. Known for their lifelike quality and playful use of scale, Mueck's sculptures of people in everyday situations are truly unique. Here, readers can examine 38 sculptures at their leisure, including the infamous 'Dead Dad' (a sculpture of his dead father) and 2006's 'A girl' (a massive sculpture of a newborn baby from multiple angles). Few of his subjects do anything dramatic — 1997's 'Angel' shows a bored angel waiting atop a stool, the man in 2009's 'Drift' lounges in a pool — but their subtle expressions speak volumes in this portfolio of stolen moments. Published in conjunction with the National Gallery of Victoria's first major exhibition of Mueck's work, Hurlston superbly compiles photos of the sculptures, but fails to offer much in terms of commentary or documenting the artist's process. The essays that accompany the thirteen chapters range wildly, offering thoughtful criticism as well as a fair share of ostentatious bloviating. Luckily, Mueck's art speaks for itself. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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