'If, as Joyce Carol Oates, has so persuasively argued: "Each boxing match is a story", then it is also surely a picture. The boxing match is neatly framed, squared-off by the ring; it is a set piece, a scene to be deciphered, a tableau alive with coded messages that tests our powers of interpretation...'
Boxer explores the connections between boxing and visual culture, raising questions about the figure of the boxer as a cultural icon and placing the boxer at the centre of debates around class, race, masculinity and eroticism. This fully illustrated book negotiates this complex terrain, encompassing a broad sweep of historical space and time and a range of media from painting and sculpture through photography, video, installation and film.
136pp, paperback with flaps, 220 x 270mm, 91 illustrations
Iniva and MIT Press, 1996
Published on occasion of the exhibition Boxer, curated by John Gill and produced by Walsall Museum & Art Gallery in association with Iniva, 1995
Texts: David Chandler, Roger Lloyd Conover, Jean Fisher, Jennifer Hargreaves, Sarah Hyde, Nick James, Ian Jeffrey, Glenn Ligon, David Mellor, Joyce Carol Oates, Keith Piper, Marcia Pointon