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The Nude Male: 21st Century Visions Paperback – September 23, 2008

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"...two gorgeous new coffee table books out from Universe Publishing...these books are so freaking hot..." ~Instinct Magazine on Nude Male and Divas!

"Iit's the latest and most current survey of the male nude form, as seen through the eyes of today's most important and influential artists." ~The Meadville Tribune

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The male form has made strides to reclaim its place in modern society, along side its female counterpart, as a thing of beauty, admiration, and desire. Yet even as we begin a new century, controversy, fear, and discomfort keep it from realizing its full potential as a popularly accepted object d'art. In The Nude Male, David Leddick has assembled the latest and most current survey of the male nude form, as seen through the eyes of today's most important and influential artists who recognize the inherent physical and emotional beauty of the subject. The Nude Male features the work of more than 120 established and emerging photographers and illustrators. This collection of more than 250 images, ranging from erotic to funny, from thought-provoking to mind-bending, from breathtaking to breathless. is nothing less than the premiere catalogue of the genre.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Universe; First Edition edition (September 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789317567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789317568
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.7 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,620,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

David Leddick is an author, playwright and actor.

He has 22 books published: many photography books about the male nude (including one of Taschen's top-ten bestsellers, "The Male Nude"), and the second edition of "In the Spirit of Miami Beach" (from Assouline Books).

Leddick has published six novels (including "My Worst Date" and "The Sex Squad"), and a biography of art figures from the 1930s and 1940s, "Intimate Companions."

The author's newest book, "Gorgeous Gallery," is a collection of homoerotic art published by Bruno Gmunder and will be available worldwide in June. Leddick's next book will be "Meaningless Hugs, Meaningless Kisses," an impressionistic "imagined memoir" about a gay man's life in his 70s.

He was born in 1930, and after graduating from the University of Michigan served as an officer in the U.S. Navy. He was at Bikini Atoll during the hydrogen bomb testing. Leddick moved to New York in the 1950s, and was a ballet dancer. He was with the Metropolitan Opera where he appeared onstage with great Divas such as Maria Callas.

Leddick has worked in advertising as the Worldwide Creative Director for Revlon in New York, and as International Creative Director for L'Oreal in Paris, through the 1970s and 1980s. He created some of the era's most iconic beauty campaigns (including the groundbreaking TV commercial for Jontue fragrance

He began a new career at the age of 65 as a writer, creating male nude photography books and writing novels. His first novel, "My Worst Date," was the most reviewed first novel from St. Martin's Press.

Resuming his theater career at the age of 70, he has written the scripts and lyrics for a number of musicals and plays he has performed throughout the U.S., Europe and South America.

Now in his 80s and living in Miami Beach, Leddick wants to write about reporting back from what he calls the "uncharted territory of aging." He considers living in his 80s to be the new late middle-age: "After romantic relationships and living life to the fullest through my 70s, I feel like I have gone out into an unknown frontier from which no one has reported back." His next books about this are "How to Hit 70 Doing 100" and "Sexercise at 70."

"I call everyone who is over 65 a Sextennial, and we are all going to share a new, rich experience in this last third of our lives - a productive and exciting time which has never existed historically before."

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 1, 2008
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I purchased this book after seeing David Leddick's "The Male Nude". The Male Nude portrayed male nude photography throughout the history of photography. This new book "The Nude Male: 21st Century Visions" observes artists who are working with the Nude Male in this contemporary world of art. The photographs are all at a high quality, many large prints.

The descriptions of the artists who are working with the nude male are very brief. I would like to have seen more information on the artists to do further research. After seeing this book I don't know if I would consider David Leddick a critic or simply a collector of these photographic compositions. There is a small mix of paintings and drawings of the nude male, but mostly these images are photographs. The majority is of white nude males, a small amount of African Americans, one elderly, one overweight, and one handicap nude male.

I think that the interesting aspect of this book compared to some of Leddick's other works is the increase in homo-eroticism and how fashion has influenced the way the male nude is portrayed. (Just some of my own observations).

I gave it 4 starts for its high quality and the large amount of artists that were included in this book, but I would have liked to have more information to accompany the artist's work and/or intentions of their art.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bryce David on October 16, 2009
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The Nude Male: 21st Century Visions by David Leddick is a disappointing art book (or book on art?). It features over 140 artists spread out within its 250 pages. Do the math: the book basically showcases those 140+ artists with tiny one paragraph descriptions about the artists often with just one accompanying artwork in a book that's 250 pages big. This means it mostly showcases one artist with one piece of artwork on one page! The effect is needlessly cluttered, claustrophobic and in the end meaningless vis a vis who the artist is and what encompasses their work because a single photo can hardly do justice to an artist's entire work or vision. In some cases there are two artists per page, with artwork spread over on two pages. This aspect is very disappointing. Had I had the choice in peaking into the book before purchasing it I wouldn't have bought it.

What's also disappointing is that it says "21st Century Visions" but most of the art (if I can call it art) looks positively passé. This book would have probably been avant garde in the 1970s but today most of it looks quaint and dated, or just standard "titillating" stuff you see everywhere on the internet. The photo on page 183 sums up the quality of the "art" found in this book: model staring boringly at photographer in a contrived pose. Only a few artists works live up to the word art or to the title "21st Century Visions". One of the artist is Andreas Bitesnich who's work is, unsurprisingly, featured on the cover, which made me purchase this book. We get to see three photos by Bitesnich, and two of them transcend the standard male nude to become art. Another interesting work is on page 230-31 by Henning Von Berg who the author describes as "handsome and strong himself." Seriously. There are a few other interesting photos here and there but the majority of the art is uninspired, boring or just plain insipid.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jesse M. Kahn on December 9, 2009
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As a professional artist and occasional photographer of male nudes, I had hoped for a much more in-depth and useful book examining what it means to explore the male nude in art. This is, for all intents and purposes, a series of ads for the various artists in the book, with hyperbolic text and email contact information.

While there is an interesting mix of emerging and super-famous, male and female, and straight and Gay artists, there is a remarkable lack of ethnic diversity, sticking mostly (though not exclusively) with people of European descent as creators and subjects.

I am further disappointed that there a misspellings and typographic errors throughout. Combined with the heavy self-promotional quality of the writing and this ends up feeling like a vanity publication, not a serious text.
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Few writers have so consistently illuminated the history of the controversy of the male nude in art as David Leddick. For more than ten years Leddick has not only written excellent novels and biographies and monographs of fascinating individual artists, but he has also educated the public with his very fine art books combining photography with all forms of visual art dealing with the changing appreciation and acceptance of the male nude. In 1997 he introduced NAKED MEN: PIONEERING MALE NUDES 1935 - 1955, in 2000 he published NAKED MEN TOO: LIBERATING THE MALE NUDE 1950 - 2000, in 2001 he released MALE NUDE NOW: NEW VISIONS FOR THE 21st CENTURY, and now in 2008 he culminates his work with this excellent book THE NUDE MALE: 21st CENTURY VISIONS.

After an apt and brief introduction in which he suggests that both the rise of photography as an art form and the rise of Feminism allowed the male nude to gain popularity and acceptance in art, Leddick presents 140 established and emerging artists, in alphabetical order, with ample examples of each artist's contribution to the theme of the book. His panorama of artists is global and includes such luminaries as Duane Michaels, Don Bachardy, Chuck Close, David Hockney, John Currin, Reed Massengill, Kobi Israel, Wes Hempel, Jack Balas, Lucian Freud, Dimitris Yeros, Nan Golden, Arthur Tress, Wolfgan Tillmans, Alexis Rodriguez-Duarte, Joe Oppedisano, Michael Leonard, Matthias Herrmann, and Greg Gorman - to name but a few. The images are accompanied by a brief but informative biographical statement about the artist displayed, and the design of the book by Jennifer Laino is a work of art in itself.

Viewing this book is informative to both the art student and the art public in general, entertaining for the amount of humor it contains, and provocative. It is certainly well within the high standard of Leddick's previous books - a handsome volume of artistic significance. Grady Harp, January 09
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