Ballenesque: Roger Ballen: A Retrospective by Roger BallenBallenesque: Roger Ballen: A Retrospective by Roger Ballen

Ballenesque: Roger Ballen: A Retrospective

byRoger BallenIntroduction byMax Kozloff

Hardcover | October 10, 2017

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Roger Ballen is best known for his psychologically powerful and intricately layered images that exist in a space between painting, drawing, installation, and photography. Ballenesque is the first comprehensive retrospective of his work.

Separated into four parts, Ballenesque takes readers on a chronological journey through Ballen’s entire oeuvre, including both iconic images and previously unpublished works. Part I explores Ballen’s formative artistic influences and his later rediscovery of boyhood through photography, culminating in his first published monograph, Boyhood, in 1979. Part II charts the period between 1980 and 2000, during which time he released his seminal monograph Outland. Part III covers the years 2000–2013, when Ballen achieved global recognition and his work began to veer away from portraiture altogether. Finally, in Part IV, Ballen reflects on his career.

With more than 300 photographs and an introduction by Robert JC Young, this book provides both a new way of seeing Ballen’s work for those who already follow his career and a comprehensive introduction for those encountering his striking photographs for the first time.

Robert J.C. Young, FBA, is Julius Silver Professor of English and Comparative Literature at New York University. He has been writing about Roger Ballen’s work since 2012. His most recent books are Empire Colony Postcolony, and, with Jean Khalfa, Frantz Fanon. Écrits sur l’aliénation et la liberté, Œuvres II.
Title:Ballenesque: Roger Ballen: A RetrospectiveFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 12.6 × 12.3 × 1.3 inPublished:October 10, 2017Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0500519692

ISBN - 13:9780500519691


Editorial Reviews

One of “The Best Art Books of 2017” — The Independent (UK)

“A wonderful, career-long survey... Ballen’s images of people are wincingly moving – or, as Emily Dickinson once hauntingly remarked, they’re like a loaded gun.” — The Independent (UK)