Thomas Ruff Nudes by Michel Houellebecq
4to. pp. vii, 152. 100 colour illustrations. hardcover boards. dw. (slightly bowed, two small abrasions to bottom edge of boards - near fine). [New York]: Harry N. Abrams, .
rare & out-of-print.
ISBN-10: 0810945819 / ISBN-13: 9780810945814
The pictures, which are graphic and abstract at the same time, are accompanied by an excerpt from a forthcoming novel by controversial French writer Michel Houellebecq, whose work is similarly influenced by the sex industry. Reviewing the series in the Village Voice, Jerry Saltz wrote: "Ruff may think these images are analytic or objective, but they're also sweetly, luxuriantly visual...Sex slips into something ravishingly, optically comfortable, and these everyday, off-world images morph into parapaintings from the Planet Love."