The Progress of Love
written by Kristina Van Dyke
Yale University Press | ISBN 9780300184938
Hardback – 176 pages
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How do today's artists understand and depict notions of love? As witnessed in this compelling book, they often transcend traditional European romantic notions to create representations of love in less familiar manifestations. The title of this volume, "The Progress of Love", refers to a group of 18th-century paintings by Jean-Honore Fragonard, who represented love as a contemporary phenomenon rather than in the guise of allegory or fiction. Today's artists go further. Exploring the forces that shape our conceptions of love, "The Progress of Love" brings together the work of 30 artists from Africa, Europe, the African diaspora, and the New World. Beautiful colour images show works in a range of media by a dazzling array of contemporary artists, including Kelechi Amadi-Obi, Zoulikha Bouabdellah, Sophie Calle, Mary Ellen Carroll, Kendell Geers, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Romuald Hazoume, Zanele Muholi, Wura-Natasha Ogunji, and Yinka Shonibare.