NUDE by Mats Gustafson
In Nude, Gustafson’s second artist book with August Editions, he shares a very personal side of himself and his work. Printed on thick watercolor paper, the book itself is a work of art, worthy and ready for framing.
-9 x 11.25”
-58 color illustrations
-Release date: January 2018
- Published in a limited edition of 1,000 copies.
"The nude body may still be the most dangerous image in western culture. Decades after the sexual revolution, society’s discomfort with the human form is alive and well, as it develops new versions of the same puritanical or infantile responses that have always sought to censor or stigmatize it. The nude self may no longer be XXX, but it’s certainly NSFW; we may have stopped draping classical statues, but we are desperate to contain our gender identities to two hyper-minimal pictograms for bathroom options. Arguably, this repudiation of human sexuality shares a root with society’s other bodily horror: our collective fear and shame over sickness, deterioration, and death. We have come to see our genitals as sites of weakness just as we have our eventual decay: both most be covered, hidden, left unspoken, treated as sources of humiliation." From the Introduction by Christopher Bollen