The Belgian artist Berlinde De Bruyckere (b. 1964) is a star of the contemporary art world whose sculptures, installations and drawings set out to embody the world’s great stories. The forms and materials she uses are consistently selected for their metaphorical power. This publication, the first-ever monograph on De Bruyckere, offers a definitive and comprehensive look at the scope of her work over more than twenty years. The book includes the artist’s first sculptures from the 1990s, mainly meditations on the human figure in wax and wool, her later horse sculptures that earned her international acclaim, and the compelling installation made for the Belgian Pavilion at the Biennale di Venezia (2013), as well as graphic pieces by the artist. De Bruyckere’s works, showcased in over two hundred rich illustrations, are rife with curious contradictions – they are simultaneously inviting and discomforting, anatomical and abstract. This book is an essential resource on an artist whose works constitute a provocative and influential addition to the contemporary art canon. Accompanies the exhibition Berlinde De Bruyckere at S.M.A.K., Ghent, 17 October 2014 – 8 February 2015, and the Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, 28 February – 28 June 2015. Angela Mengoni is a researcher at the Università IUAV, Venice. Gary Carrion-Murayari is curator at the New Museum, New York. Emmanuel Alloa is assistant professor of cultural theory and philosophy at the Universität Sankt-Gallen, Switzerland. Philippe Van Cauteren is artistic director of SMAK.
“The layout and printing of the monograph is excellent and the images are well chosen and informative, showing whole sculptures as well as details. Generous use of installation shots convey information about scale and context, as well as the artist’s keen understanding of the effect of placemen and lighting of her art.”