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The Art of Man - Edition 14: Fine Art of the Male Form Quarterly Journal (Volume 14) Paperback – August 13, 2013
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The slim magazine is very thoughtfully and graciously put together , its just a bit pricey.
There are numerous candid, informative and brilliantly written interviews with several artists in this journal: I read so much about Alan McGowan; Carlos Barahora Possollo; Bonnie Hofkin; Christian Gaillard; Peter Churcher; and Christopher Sousa. The reproductions of their artwork captivated me. But of all that I read in this issue of The Art of Man there was one article that really stunned me--I was particularly impressed by distinguished art historian Grady Harp's excellent essay (with its numerous excellent reproductions of artwork) on Michelangelo entitled "Michelangelo Buonarroti: II Divino, Terribilità: In Praise of Man." I learned so much from this essay and was very moved by how sensitively it was written. Look also for the enlightening article entitled "The Influence of Hercules."
The journal highlights artwork in The Lyman-Eyer Gallery in Provincetown, Massachusetts and The Lizardi/Harp Gallery in Los Angeles. There is even an extensive list of artists who have chosen to focus primarily on the male figure along with their accompanying websites as well as a list of recommended art galleries for art featuring the male figure along with more websites and the names of other pertinent books on this subject.
In sum, The Art of Man serves the critical need for putting a much needed and well deserved spotlight on the male figure which is typically ignored by so many in the artistic community. I highly recommend this journal and its other editions for any true aficionado of fine art. Moreover, people who appreciate artwork focusing on the male figure will be delighted with this publication.
The spectacular cover image is just one of the many matador studies by French artist Chritsian Gailard, an artist of immense talent and a very important artist to lead this current issue. Usually the images in Art of Man are concerned with the flesh, yet in Gailard's models each is fully dressed, ready for the public adulation in the bullring. Australian artist Peter Churcher likewise works with clothed models for the most part, yet his sense of eroticism transcends the fact that most of his images suggest a feeling of isolation, solitude. Scottish artist Alan McGowan's paintings are figurative yet in the expressionistic mold, a stance that makes them very powerful images. Portuguese painter Carlos Barahona Possollo embraces fantasy and mythology in his extraordinarily fine near-photorealistic paintings the serve to draw praise for his imagination and at the same time demonstrate a terrific sense of humor and titillation. American artists are present also - Bonnie Hofkin paints her masculine male figures as though part of Grecian remnants of a time past and Christopher Sousa brings a finely wrought wit to his male figures, rich in metaphor and secondary meaning.
And as is the custom with each issue the foundations of art are underscored: the life and art of Michelangelo is explored by the quarterly art historian and the tracing of the influence of historical figures on the art of all times this issue is focused on Hercules. THE ART OF MAN is a solid, continuing success - it is available by subscription or by individual issues. The quality of the quarterly grows more refined with every issue.