Manon-A Person

A Swiss Pioneer of Female Body and Performance Art

Edited by Simon Maurer and Brigitte Ulmer

Edited by Simon Maurer and Brigitte Ulmer

Distributed for Scheidegger and Spiess

Essays by Jean-Christophe Ammann, Amelia Jones, Jörg Heiser, Brigitte Ulmer and Simon Maurer.  In cooperation with Helmhaus Zurich and the Swiss Institute (SI), New York
240 pages | 120 color plates, 80 halftones | 7-1/2 x 11
Paper $95.00 ISBN: 9783858817129 Published April 2008 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe
The Swiss artist Manon has been a pioneer of female body and performance art since the 1970s. From the beginning of her career, her work addressed the construction of sexual, gender, and identity stereotypes long before it became widely accepted or fashionable to do so. Manon—A Person is the first comprehensive study of this groundbreaking contemporary artist, featuring the entire range of her work, from the first fetish images and installations to a set of recent—and previously unseen—photographic series.
Informed by essays by internationally renowned curators and critics, this lavishly illustrated volume traces the life of an incomparable artist, from her early days as a lingerie model and H. R. Giger muse to her success as a clothing designer and gender-challenging performance artist. Manon—A Person will be essential reading for anyone interested in the heady intersection of gender, fashion, and art.
 
 
Contents
Foreword
Thomas Kramer and Simon Maurer
 
Manon: "Eroticism Was My Theme"
--Memories
Jean-Christophe Ammann
 
It's a Manon's World
--Shame and Pathos in Manon's Performances and Photo-Series
Jörg Heiser
 
Manon and Masquerade
--Gender as Counter-Transference
Amelia Jones
 
In the Mirrored Gallery
-The Metamorphoses and Mythologies of Manon
Brigitte Ulmer
 
The Perfect Man
--The Contemporariness of Manon's Artistic Strategies
Gianni Jetzer
 
Work biography
 
List of works
 
Authors
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