Beginning with such key artists as Marcel Duchamp and Jackson Pollock, this book examines a selection of the most significant players who have used their bodies to create their art - among them, in the 1960s Carolee Scheemann, Rudolf Schwarzkogler, Yoko Ono; in the 1970s, Chris Burden, Ana Mendieta, Vito Acconci, Marina Abramovic; up to the turn of the millennium, Matthew Barney, Marc Quinn, Tracey Emin and Mona Hatoum. 'The Artists Body' is divided into survey (by Amelia Jones), works (each work is accompanied by an extended captions), and thematic chapters (such as Painting Bodies, Gesturing Bodies) from critics and writers who helped shape the movement.
Amelia Jones is Head of Art History and Pilkington Chair at the University of Manchester. Among her numerous publications are Postmodernism and the En-Gendering of Marcel Duchamp (Cambridge University Press, 1994) and Body Art/Performing the Subject (University of Minnesota Press, 1998). As curator, Jones has organized exhibitions including 'Sexual Politics: Judy Chicago's Dinner Party in Feminist Art History' at the UCLA/ Armand Hammer Museum (1996). Amelia Jones is noted for her essays on many artists who centre their imagery on their own bodies, among them Vito Acconci, Chris Burden, Robert Morris and Cindy Sherman. Tracey Warr is an independent British curator and writer and Researcher at the Centre for Art in Social Contexts at The Glasgow School of Art. She was previously Lecturer in Fine Art at Oxford Brookes University, Oxford; Researcher in Site-specific Art at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design, Farnham, Surrey (1997-99) and Director of Arts and Cultural Management at Dartington College of Art, Totnes, Devon. A member of the Editorial Board of Performance Research Journal, her projects have included the Edge Biennales in Newcastle/Glasgow (1990) and London/Madrid (1992). She has curated work by artists such as Marina Abramovic, Stelarc and Helen Chadwick.