Jenny Saville: Oxyrhynchus
This book was published on the occasion of Jenny Saville: Oxyrhynchus at Gagosian, Britannia Street, London, the first-ever solo exhibition of Saville’s paintings in London.
The publication features more than a dozen works from 2006 to 2014 in which the artist references the layers upon layers of discoveries at Oxyrhynchus, a city in upper Egypt that was established in 332 BCE and is considered one of the world’s most important archaeological sites. In a combination of oil, charcoal, and pastel, Saville conveys a mysterious narrative of layered bodies and images.
An essay by art historian John Elderfield, built around the observations of multiple past voices and the artist herself, captures the temporal culture of visual art to which the Oxyrhynchus canvases belong. Alongside reproductions of the artworks, numerous full-bleed details and installation photographs of the exhibition are included.