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Creator:
John Coplans, 1920–2003, British
Title:

Back Torso from Below

Part Of:

Collective Title: Body of Work

Date:
1985
Medium:
Silver gelatin print on moderately thick, semigloss photographic paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 16 x 20 inches (40.6 x 50.8 cm) and Frame: 18 5/8 × 21 1/8 × 1 3/8 inches (47.3 × 53.7 × 3.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Gift of Ellen Carey
Copyright Status:
© Estate of the Artist
Accession Number:
B2010.11.1
Classification:
Photographs
Collection:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
abstract art | bottom | figure study | hair | leg | male | man | nude | torso
Access:
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Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:62763
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John Coplans enjoyed a distinguished career as a writer, critic, curator, and museum director before he made his reputation as a photographer in his early sixties. In earlier life, Coplans had served in the Second World War before visiting the United States in pursuit of his artistic training. He settled in California in 1960 and turned to journalism, cofounding Artforum magazine, and to curating major exhibitions of contemporary art at the Pasadena Art Museum. It was during his time as director of the Akron Museum in the late 1970s that he took up photography, and, in retirement from around 1980, he began a series of nude studies of his own body, or “auto-portraits” as he described them. These unidealized studies of his own body, unsparing in their angles and in their presentation of the signs of aging, elicited critical acclaim for their combined sensitivity and startlingly innovative treatment of the male body.

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A Decade of Gifts and Acquisitions (Yale Center for British Art, 2017-06-01 - 2017-08-13) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]


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