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Silent partners: artist and mannequin from function to fetish

Silent partners: artist and mannequin from function to fetish

Munro, Jane, editor; Fitzwilliam Museum, host institution; Musée Bourdelle, host institution

'Silent Partners' locates the artist's mannequin within the context of an expanding universe of effigies, avatars, dolls, and shop window dummies. Generously illustrated, it features works by such artists as Poussin, Gainsborough, Degas, Courbet, Cézanne, Kokoschka, Dalí, Man Ray, and others; the astute, perceptive text examines their range of responses to the uncanny and highly suggestive potential of the mannequin

Hardback, Book. English.
Published New Haven: Yale University Press, 2014
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Statement of responsibility: edited by Jane Munro
ISBN: 0300208227, 9780300208221
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Exhibition held at The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 14 October 2014 to 25 January 2015, and at the Musâee Bourdelle, Paris, 31 March to 12 July 2015.
Note: Published to accompany the exhibitions held at Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 14th October 2014-15th January 2015; Musée Bourdelle, Paris, 15th March-15th May 2015.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: 304 pages : illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 29 cm
Subject: Mannequins; Mannequins (Figures) in art.; Chapman, Dinos; Sickert, Walter; Chapman, Jake; Bellmer, Hans; Art and Design.; Bellon, Denise; Bath Spa University; Human figure; Mannequins (Figures)

Author note

Jane Munro is a curator in the Department of Paintings, Drawings and Prints at the Fitzwilliam Museum and director of studies in history of art at Christ's College at the University of Cambridge. 


‘[A] fascinating and scholarly new book. . . Jane Munro introduces this book by saying her aim is 'to give the artist’s ‘silent’ partner a voice'. She certainly succeeds, as well as providing enough rich, often disturbing, material for contemplation in a world where the allure of androids and avatars is only increasing.’—Marcus Field, Art Quarterly
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