In July 1994, Spencer Tunick phoned all the people who had expressed interest in posing nude individually for his public street photographs and asked them to come together as group. Of all the locations in New York the artist could have chosen for this first group work, he decided to pick the epicenter of world politics, the United Nations. A total of 25 people showed up to pose on that remarkable early morning, naked and brave in front of the General Assembly building. This day launched Tunick’s Reaction Zone series.
The Book Reaction Zone presents the definitive collection of Tunick’s early New York City photographic assemblages of nude bodies. The artworks included combine risk and urgency as Tunick uses gestural splashes of flesh like an action painter uses paint.
In his introduction for Reaction Zone, Carlo McCormick relays the feel of making work on the city streets and the pressure of creating “human graffiti” under the radar of the authorities.
Hardcover, 9 3/4” x 11 1/4” (29.8 x 24.8 cm) 112 pages, Limited Edition of 1400.
Printed by the Avery Group at Shapco Printing in the United States of America, 2016
Stephane Janssen, now 80, has been posing nude in public for Spencer Tunick’s individual portraits and group installations for the past 15 years, and amassing the largest collection of Tunick’s works. This book chronicles that collection, from the first time Mr. Janssen posed in 2000 in Harlem, NY with 25 people, to his latest installation, where he was painted head to toe in red and gold body paint with over one thousand other painted people on the streets of Munich, Germany.
Mr. Janssen’s personal collection of Tunick’s photographs were on display from Jan 14 – May 28, 2016 at the ASU Art Museum.
Photographs in the book include works not previously published from: the Dead Sea; the Burning Man Festival, Nevada; the Saatchi Gallery, London; the Bull Wall at the Port of Dublin, Ireland; the Bavarian State Opera, Munich, Germany; Gaasbeek Castle, Belgium; the Lyon Biennale, France; the Lowry in Salford and Manchester, England; the Ernst Happel Stadium, Austria; Museum Kunst Palast in Dusseldorf, Germany; Amsterdam, the Netherlands, among others.
Hardcover, 9 3/4″ x 11 1/4” (29.8 x 24.8 cm,) 112 pages, Limited Edition of 1400.
Printed by The Avery Group at Shapco Printing in the United States of America, 2016.