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Carnal Knowledge
Malerie Marder

Carnal Knowledge, Malerie Marder

Carnal Knowledge, Malerie MarderCarnal Knowledge
Malerie Marder
Violette Editions

Essays by Gregory Crewdson, James Ellroy, A. M. Homes, James Frey, Bruce Wagner, Philip-Lorca diCorcia and Charlotte Cotton.


176 pages
249 x 300 mm
ISBN 9781900828307


This is the first collection of Marder’s works in print. A seminal early experience for Malerie Marder was when a family friend invited her to photograph her with her lover, naked and in the anonymous setting of a motel room. This set the tone for Marder’s work for the next decade. Her photographs of nudes are composed simply, her subjects sitting plainly near the centre of the frame, often set against the bleak anonymity of motel rooms, their impassive gazes almost daring a viewer to interpret their bodies. Beautifully illustrated with more than 70 works by Marder – described by Charlotte Cotton in her introduction as an ‘episodic drama of adjacencies’ – Carnal Knowledge also contains a preface by Gregory Crewdson, a text by novelist James Ellroy, short stories inspired by Marder’s works by A. M. Homes, James Frey and Bruce Wagner, as well as a written and photographic correspondence between Marder and Philip-Lorca diCorcia.

About the Artist 
Malerie Marder lives and works in Los Angeles. Marder studied at Bard College with Stephen Shore, and at Yale University with Gregory Crewdson, Philip-Lorca diCorcia and Nan Goldin, where she won the Schicke-Collingwood Prize and John Ferguson Weir Award. Her work is in several international collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne) and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
(New York).

About the Publisher 
Violette Editions was established in 1997 by Robert Violette. Recently published titles include Dixonary, the first comprehensive book on the work of designer Tom Dixon, written and illustrated by the designer himself; a major monograph on the photographs of British artist Sarah Jones with text by Brian Dillon, A. M. Homes and David Campany; and Eating at Hotel Il Pellicano, which captures the Michelin-starred recipes of Antonio Guida in photography by Juergen Teller and the wit of Will Self.

As well as publishing select titles under the Violette Editions imprint, Robert Violette has also devised, edited, produced and packaged fine illustrated books for other publishers and for a select range of private and commercial clients. For more information, see ‘Other Publications’.

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