And There Was Sculpture
Jacob Epstein's Formative Years 1882-1930
Paperback ISBN: 1903470927
This is a comprehensive introduction to the young Epstein, a study of his personality, his art, his culture, his milieu, his domestic menages, his Jewishness, his unJewishness, his vision, his lovers and again his art, for Epstein lived, starved and suffered all for his art. Immigrants to New York, his parents took the name Epstein without appreciating that it would make him forever a foreigner in his chosen homeland, London, where his startlingly original responses to public commissions worked the popular press into a lather, and the Bloomsbury intellectuals did not really like him either. “He took the bricks, he took the insults, he faced the howls of derision … and as far as this country is concerned he took them first,
Barry Le Va
The Aesthetic Aftermath
Paperback ISBN: 0816694699
In the context of a foreign war and revolt at home, Le Va leapt into the spotlight with the November 1968 cover of Artforum magazine. His cover work--flakes and ribbons of felt scattered on a wooden floor--was so unique and revolutionary it was first considered a hoax. Some, in their struggle for adjectives, used words not yet in the aesthetic lexicon, like "process," "postminimalism," and "installation art." His assemblages of such things as shattered glass, spent bullets, and scattered flour were dubbed "distributional sculpture." Maizels aims to bring Le Va back from the margins. Citing "aftermath" as the key term for understanding Le Va’s art, he notes that Le Va’s embrace of impermanence was based on scientific ideas that speak to the inherent limitations of knowledge. He describes Le Va’s goal as “erod[ing] the autonomy of the art object, and, by extension, the economic and political authority of the art establishment that circulated, exhibited, and valorized such work.
Walter De Maria
Hardcover ISBN: 0300175787
Walter De Maria (b. 1935) is known for the expansive and perfectly ordered land art and installations he created in the 1970s. From constructing minimalist spare wooden boxes to using the earth itself as a site for, and element of, his sculpture, he created a diverse body of work that is a testament to his complex investigation of the unseen and the relationship between art, the earth, and the universe. This book introduces an expansive new work, the Bel Air Trilogy (2000–2011), in which the artist combines exacting geometry with the unexpected element of three 1955 "gypsy-red" Chevrolet Bel Airs. Also included are full-color images of works such as his austere tripartite sculpture Channel Series: Circle, Square, Triangle (1972) and two new monochrome paintings, which complement his large-scale work The Color Men Choose When They Attack The Earth (1968). Accompanying the first major exhibition in the United States to focus exclusively on De Maria, a collection of essays by leading scholars examines the defining features of De Maria's work—the conceptual, theatrical, monumental, and minimal.
Angels of Paris
An Architectural Tour Through the History of Paris
Hardcover ISBN: 1936941015
Angels are sculpted everywhere in Paris, not just on churches but in unexpected places: holding a lightning rod atop the Théâtre du Châtelet’s roof, adorning a seventeenth-century gilded sundial inside a courtyard at the Sorbonne, hovering above a railroad headquarters where a beautiful stone frieze features young angels flying in to work on the tracks. Subtly, subliminally, the angels are a part of the fanciful and romantic spirit of Paris. Angels of Paris is the first book to explore this intriguing and extraordinary subject. Angels of Paris features beautiful photographs taken from dawn to dusk, in all seasons, accompanied by text explaining the story behind the creation of each angel and of the location in which it is found. Organized chronologically, the book delves into the artistic trends and historic movements the angels reflect and the stories of the artists who created them and of those who commissioned them. Readers will learn about Paris’s history, buildings, and monuments through the abundant, beautiful, and surprising depictions of angels from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century. Rosemary Flannery has found angels in friezes, plaques, and free-standing sculpture; on fountains and façades, clocks and sundials, monuments and mansions, rooftops and window frames. Angels of Paris is a unique way for lovers of Paris to learn more about the city in a new and unusual way.
Building a Masterpiece
Milwaukee Art Museum
Hardcover ISBN: 1555952011
This spectacular volume celebrates the reopening of the Milwaukee Art Museum with its new additiion designed by world-famous Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, joining the original builing by Eero Saarinen.