Tradition and Experiment in Modern Sculpture

Tradition and Experiment in Modern Sculpture

Tradition and Experiment in Modern Sculpture

Tradition and Experiment in Modern Sculpture

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"Tradition and Experiment in Modern Sculpture"--this book grew out of a recent lecture given by Charles Seymour, Jr. at The American University in which he commented upon the significance and quality of sculpture then on exhibition in The University's Watkins Gallery.

In its preparation, advantage has been taken of the opportunity to include reproductions of outstanding work in the Capital's art museums which were not available for display in the Watkins Gallery exhibition. A long-standing desire has also been fulfilled in selecting certain splendid aboriginal carvings from the archaeological and ethnological collections of the Smithsonian Institution's United States National Museum, so that they might be studied as works of art. Illustrations have been chosen where necessary from collections in other parts of the country, but emphasis remains upon resources in and around Washington. Mr. Seymour has recast and expanded the text of his lecture to meet the requirements of publication.

The Watkins Gallery in The American University is a memorial to C. Law Watkins, whose sensitivity and understanding helped nurture the art activity we observe in Washington today. Through the exhibitions in this Gallery, the University performs the essential function of familiarizing students and the interested public with original works of art. It is the premise of the Department of Fine Arts that contemporary work is most likely to be of value when it not only adds to, but also grows from, the discoveries of preceeding cultures. We believe that art is a central human activity and that the University gains from the presence of art in the curriculum, just as the student of art gains from his contact with other forms of training within the course of general humanistic studies. This book, published with the hope of encouraging awareness and understanding, is designed to suggest the implications of our approach, both intellectual and creative, to the problem of education.

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