The Flesh and The Spirit
Sally Mann (photographs)
John Ravenal (author)
David Levi Strauss (essay)
Anne Wilkes Tucker (essay)
Clothbound with jacket
11 1/2” x 9”
1 six-page gatefold, 225 four-color images
Sally Mann: The Flesh and The Spirit is the artist’s first thematic survey focusing on her thirty-year exploration of the human form, tackling often difficult subject matter and making unapologetically sensual images that are simultaneously bold and lyrical. In collaboration with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and accompanying its landmark exhibition opening November 13, 2010, Aperture is pleased to publish the first in-depth look at this world-renowned artist’s approach to the body.
This beautifully produced publication includes Mann’s earliest platinum prints from the late 1970s, Polaroid still lifes, early color work of her children, haunting landscape images, recent self-portraits, and nude studies of her husband. The series document Mann’s interest in the body as principal subject, with the associated issues of vulnerability and mortality lending an elegiac note to her images.
In bringing them together, author and curator John Ravenal examines the varied ways in which Mann’s experimental approach, including ambrotypes and gelatin-silver prints made from collodian wet-plate negatives, moves her subjects from the corporeal to the ethereal.
- I am so excited that I get to see this show at the VMFA when I go home this Christmas.