Contemporary Sculpture: An Evolution in Volume and Space

Contemporary Sculpture: An Evolution in Volume and Space

Contemporary Sculpture: An Evolution in Volume and Space

Contemporary Sculpture: An Evolution in Volume and Space

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In this third, revised edition of CONTEMPORARY SCULPTURE a number of works by younger artists have been added. Some of them are supplementary in character and others are by artists not represented in earlier editions. In the field of metal sculpture, the followers of Gonzalez and Pevsner, in stone, those of Brancusi, seem to me especially worthy of mention.

A new section, entitled "Totems and Stelae", deals with the contemporary form of the monumental, since this approach to sculpture is so frequently encountered to-day. In our age, the animistic concept of the "Totem" as an ancestral fusion of the animal and the human has slipped from its original form into the involvement of man with the machine, often with a satirical undertone. On the other hand the cult of legendary memorial "Stelae" is not primarily based on current trends, but rises out of the depths of primeval emotion projected into the present.

I should especially like to thank Georgine Oeri and Loly Rosset for their assistance in revising this book, Joyce Wittenborn for her translation of new material, as well as the various European and American museums and private collectors for their generous co-operation.

Zurich, 1960

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