Manon--A Person : A Swiss Pioneer of Body and Performance Art

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-04-16
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
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The Swiss artist Manon has been a pioneer of female body and performance art since the 1970s. With her sensuous environments and installations she made a spectacular first appearance in the art world in 1974. In particular her radical performances and conceptual photographic series, such as La dame au cr'ne rasé, were much recognised internationally also beyond the art world. From the beginning of her career, and long before so many artists took them up as do today, the construction of identities, sexuality and gender stereotypes have been important issues in Manon's work. This is the first comprehensive monograph on this important contemporary artist, including the entire range of her work, from the first fetish images and her performances and installations to the most recent and previously neither shown nor published photographic series. Essays are written by internationally renowned curators and critics, such as Jean-Christophe Ammann, Amelia Jones, Jörg Heiser and others.

Author Biography

Simon Maurer is director of the Helmhaus Zurich museum in Switzerland.
Brigitte Ulmer is a freelance writer and art critic living in Zurich. She is the editor of Manon—She Was Once Miss Rimini, also published by Verlag Scheidegger and Spiess.

Table of Contents

Manon: "Eroticism Was My Theme"
It's a Manon's World
Shame and Pathos in Manon's Performances and Photo-Series
Manon and Masquerade
Gender as Counter-Transference
In the Mirrored Gallery
The Metamorphoses and Mythologies of Manon
The Perfect Man
The Contemporariness of Manon's Artistic Strategies
Work biography
List of works
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