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[Perspectives] Plastic perfection

At a time of increasing dissatisfaction with the natural body, people are ever more likely to call for the sculptor with the scalpel. Two-thirds of young people and adults in the UK are unhappy about how they look, and cosmetic surgery is big business. British artist Jonathan Yeo’s new exhibition shows his long-held interest in ideas of bodily perfection and their shaping by new technologies. Self-taught as a portraitist while recovering from Hodgkin’s lymphoma as a young man, Yeo achieved fame with paintings of celebrities such as Damien Hirst, Nicole Kidman, and Dennis Hopper.