Contemporary sculpture is a wide-ranging and fascinating subject, surprisingly unrepresented in the current marketplace; this richly illustrated book, which follows the format of Phaidon Press's successful Art Today and Architecture Today, seeks to change this.
In the great sea-change marking the end of Modernism – a general set of views and assumptions about art which reigned during the first half of the 20th century – critical opinion began to shift from painting to sculpture. Sculpture was felt to be more socially engaging because it occupied the actual space of the body rather than creating an illusionistic realm using perspective and other techniques.
In the past twenty-five years sculpture has become a capacious and enormously inventive category that includes an astonishing range of phenomena. These encompass installations, environments, staged video displays and even choreographed humans. This sheer array of materials, forms and techniques that has been – and is still being – presented under the term of 'sculpture' in the 21st century indicates that the discipline is not an immutable art form with fixed boundaries and commandments, but rather that it can expand its terms of reference with unflagging energy, and is apparently inexhaustible.
Sculpture Today is written in a scholarly yet accessible style, and offers a comprehensive and accessible overview of its subject, celebrating both the vitality and sheer diversity of sculpture during the last two and a half decades.
About the Author
Dr. Judith Collins is an international authority on sculpture. She studied at Edinburgh University and the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, and worked with the Art Council and the Hayward Gallery before becoming Senior Curator at Tate, London. She is the author of a wide range of books, which include The Omega Workshops ( Secker & Warburg, 1983), The Origins of the Romanesque (Lund Humphries, 1983), Eric Gill: The Sculpture (Herbert Press, 1993) and Andy Goldsworthy: Midsummer Snowballs (Thames & Hudson, 2001), and has written exhibition catalogues on numerous artists including Eduardo Paolozzi, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Lynn Chadwick, Elisabeth Frink, Magdalena Abakanowicz, David Nash and Carl Plackman. Collins has also worked extensively in radio and lectures throughout Europe and the US.
"The scope of sculpture today has been addressed head-on by a seasoned authority. No matter what you know about the subject already, this is exciting stuff."-Artists and Illustrators "There are surprisingly few general books on modern sculpture, so this one fills a big gap, and it fills it well... Coherent and intelligent..."-Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, The Burlington Magazine
Chapter 1: A Sculptural Renaissance / Chapter 2: The Body / Chapter 3: Lifecasts / Chapter 4: Fragments / Chapter 5: Hybrids / Chapter 6: Objects / Chapter 7: Architecture & Furniture / Chapter 8: Anthropology / Chapter 9: Materials / Chapter 10: The Ephemeral / Chapter 11: Nature / Chapter 12: Colour, Surface & Light / Chapter 13: Memory & Beliefs / Chapter 14: Clothing / Chapter 15: Monuments / Chapter 16: Display / Chapter 17: Gravity / Chapter 18: Size & Scale / Chapter 19: Accumulations / Artists A-Z / Chronology