* One of the best-known American sculptors of the modern period, David Smith was a pioneer of abstract sculpture. He revolutionized the possibilities of metal sculpture by introducing the industrial process of welding, enabling him to create the most extraordinarily balanced compositions - using metal 'draw in space'. Predominantly known as a sculptor, the book also sheds light on his prolific practice of drawing, sketching, writing and photographing his sculptures.
-The first full investigation into the symbolic artworks of the Babembe The first full investigation into the symbolic artworks of the Babembe, this richly illustrated monograph presents a particular type of sculpture that the Babembe devoted to their family ancestors. Many of these anthropomorphic wooden statues are published here for the first time, and they bear the same tattoos and scarifications, or skin decorations, that these people have always used to embellish their bodies during initiation ceremonies. Text in English and French.
The celebration of a three-year exhibition in the Storm King Art Center in Mountainsville, New York. The aim of the curators has been to recapture the experience of viewing Smith's work during his lifetime, when it was deployed in ever-changing arrangements in his fields at Bolton Landing in the Adirondacks. The book recreates the scene at Bolton landing. An essay by Smith's daughter, Candida, captures in personal and direct terms the man himself, his struggles and delights, and the intensity of his working life. This is followed by a memoir from Irving Sandler and reminiscences by friends of the artist. The text is accompanied by photographs by fellow artists and by Smith himself.
This publication brings together prominent art historians, conservators, and scientists to discuss fresh approaches to the study of ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern works of bronze. Featuring significant bronzes from the Harvard Art Museums' holdings as well as other museum collections, the volume's eight essays present technical and formal analyses in a format that will be useful for both general readers and students of ancient art. The text provides an overview of ancient manufacturing processes as well as modern methods of scientific examination, and it focuses on objects as diverse as large-scale statuary and more utilitarian armor, vessels, and lamps. Filling a current gap in the art historical literature, this book offers a much-needed, accessible introduction to ancient bronzes.
Angels are sculpted everywhere in Paris, not just on churches but in unexpected places: holding a lightning rod atop the Th tre du Ch telet'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.
A must-have for anyone interested in the art of printmaking, "Ink, Paper, Metal, Wood" presents the greatest prints to emerge from Crown Point Press, one of the top fine-art presses in the country. Author Kathan Brown, an internationally respected authority on prints, has hosted such world-renowned artists as Wayne Thiebaud, Richard Diebenkorn, John Cage, Pat Steir, and Chuck Close at the press she founded -- with amazing results. The fruit of their creative experimentation is clearly visible in "Ink, Paper, Metal, Wood." Vibrant with color and image on virtually every page, this handsome volume includes unusually clear explanations of fine-art printmaking techniques and entertaining stories about the artists and their working habits. An engaging consideration of the creative process, "Ink, Paper, Metal, Wood" is also a comprehensive resource for artists in every medium and an essential work for novice and experienced collectors.
Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (1827--1875) was an extraordinarily gifted sculptor--the greatest in 19th-century France before Rodin--and embodied the emotionally charged artistic climate of his era. The passionate Carpeaux comes alive in this handsome new publication. Carpeaux's wrenching representations of human forms, shown in beautiful color details and illustrations, echo his turbulent personal life, fraught with episodes of violence and fatal illness.The book covers the entire span of Carpeaux's career, and includes the masterpiece Ugolino and His Sons, newly discovered drawings, and a number of rarely seen or studied works. Previously unpublished letters between Carpeaux and his family and friends, a wealth of archival material, and the most detailed chronology of the artist's life ever published make this book the definitive resource on the artist and his creations.
-The Glass collection of contemporary glass represents the greatest achievements by a large and diverse group of important American and international artists This publication commemorates the public unveiling of the Sherwin and Shirley Glass Glass Collection at the Flint Institute of Arts in its new wing, dedicated to contemporary craft. Amassed during a ten-year period by Atlanta-based collectors Sherwin and Shirley Glass, this contemporary glass collection represents the greatest achievements by a large and diverse group of important international artists. With glass masterworks by more than 85 artists representing 19 countries around the world, this collection shows an explosion of creativity in the medium of glass from the late 20th through the early 21st century. In this catalog, FIA Executive Director John Henry demonstrates why Flint, Michigan, is an ideal location for a contemporary craft wing; Habatat Galleries Founder Ferd Hampson discusses how the Glasses collecting interests represented a "quest for the best;" and Patricia Grieve Watkinson contextualizes the Glass Glass Collection within international and American glass movements. Contents: Contemporary Craft in Flint - John B. Henry; A Quest for the Best - Ferdinand Hampson; Tradition, Innovation, and Meaning: The Sherwin and Shirley Glass Collection - Patricia Grieve Watkinson.