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February 6, 2014
David J. Getsy Rodin: Sex and the Making of Modern Sculpture New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011. 240 pp.; 100 color ills.; 60 b/w ills.; 160 ills. Paper $45.00 (9780300167252)
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As Anne Wagner pointedly noted in 1991, “Rodin’s worldwide stature as the artistic genius of his age rested on, and was enabled by, responses to both his own sexuality and the sexual intensity of his art” (Anne E. Wagner, “Rodin’s Reputation,” Eroticism and the Body Politic, ed., Lynn Hunt, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991, 191–242). David Getsy’s compelling, lavishly illustrated, and subtly polemical book, Rodin: Sex and the Making of Modern Sculpture, sets out...