The Sculpture Journal

Articles from Vol. 21, No. 2, 2012

A Coherent, National 'School' of Sculpture? Constructing Post-War New British Sculpture through Exhibition Practices
In 1952 the art critic Herbert Read introduced international audiences to 'New aspects of British sculpture' through his essay of that title, which accompanied Britain's sculpture display at the Venice Biennale.1 Over half a century earlier, the Art...
Animated Sculptures of the Crucified Christ in the Religious Culture of the Latin Middle Ages
Kamil Kopania, Animated Sculptures of the Crucified Christ in the Religious Culture of the Latin Middle Ages Warsaw, Wydawnictwo Neriton, 2010, 354 pp., 53 b/w illustrations, c. £20. ISBN 9788375431674According to a story often repeated in late medieval...
'Art Workers': Education and Professional Advancement in Sculpture and the Stone Trades C.1850-1900
A comparison of nineteenth-century images and texts yields varied and sometimes contradictory messages about the relationship between sculpture and the stone trades. For example, in Frederic George Stephens and J. P. Mayall's handsomely illustrated volume...
'At the Exhibition': The 1948 Open-Air Sculpture Exhibition, Battersea Park, in British Fashion Magazines
At the Galleries the Season promises some delectable fare . . . A new work by Henry Moore is an event (page 57). His group of "Three Standing Figures" can be seen at the great outdoor Sculpture Exhibition which the LCC has put on in Battersea Park. Thanks...
British Sculptures in India: New Views & Old Memories
Mary Ann Steggles and Richard Barnes, British Sculptures in India: New Views & Old Memories Kirstead, Norfolk, Frontier Publishing, 2011, 320 pp., 288 illustrations (many in colour), £50. ISBN 9781872914411In the preface to this book Benedict Read...
Caro in the 1960s and the Persistent Object of Sculpture
Caro's significance as a modern sculptor is usually defined by his having made a breakthrough to a radically new formation of the sculptural object with his open, freely disposed painted steel and aluminium works of the 1960s, such as Early One Morning....
Domenico Guidi 1625-1701. Uno Scultore Barocco Di Fama Europea
Cristiano Giometti, Domenico Guidi 1625-1701. Uno scultore barocco di fama europea Rome, "L'Erma" di Bretschneider, 2010, 402 pp., 259 b/w illustrations, euro210. ISBN 9788882655440Following the death of Alessandro Algardi in 1654, the most prominent...
Editorial
Over the past year, and behind the scenes, the Sculpture Journal has been the subject of negotiations initiated by the former Chairman of the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association, Peter Brown. The result of these negotiations has been the buying...
Ezra Pound's New Order of Artists: 'The New Sculpture' and the Critical Formation of a Sculptural Avant-Garde in Early Twentieth-Century Britain
Have just bought two statuettes from the coming sculptor, Gaudier- Brzeska. I like him very much. He is the only person with whom I can really be 'Altaforte' . . . We are getting our little gang together after five years of waiting.1This is Ezra Pound...
Herbert Distel, the Museum of Drawers 1970-1977, Five Hundred Works of Modern Art; Herbert Distel, das Schubladenmuseum 1970-1977
Thomas Kramer (ed.), Herbert Distel, The Museum of Drawers 1970-1977, Five Hundred Works of Modern Art; Herbert Distel, Das Schubladenmuseum 1970-1977, Fünfhundert Kunstwerke der Moderne Zürich, Scheidegger & Spiess, 2011, 182pp., 553 colour and...
Managing the Reputations of the New British Sculptors
In the mid-1970s Britain was regarded by domestic and overseas commentators alike as little more than a backwater of the international art world, for which New York served as the hegemonic centre. Yet by 1990 Britain, and in particular London, was one...
Mapping Sculpture in Context: Art History in an Online Environment
The profile of online research in art history and sculpture studies has changed significantly since Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland (Mapping Sculpture) was first planned in 2004. There are now excellent visual...
'Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland, 1851-1951' Victoria and Albert Museum, London 25-26 February 2011
IntroductionBack in 2004 Ann Compton proposed a project to set up an online database of sculptors, entitled Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851 to 1951. This would complement the printed A Biographical Dictionary...
'Mason's Work in All Its Branches': An Introduction to the Earles and the Keyworths of Kingston-upon-Hull
This study of the working practice of the Earles and Keyworths of Hull illustrates the ties between sculptors and related tradesmen, and the flexibility that was required in order to achieve a level of success. Moreover, research reveals the significance...
Neither Irish nor British: The Identities of Sculpture in Northern Ireland, 1921-1951
Sculptural production in Northern Ireland during the period from 1921 to 1951 has been overlooked in many subsequent accounts. The period in question saw a number of complex circumstances, social, cultural and political, and it is the aim of this article...
Reflecting on the Technical Development of the Mapping Sculpture Project
The use of information technology in art historical research has a history dating back at least forty years, and like its fellow discipline of history, one of the earliest uses of computer technology was the creation of databases to structure and analyse...
Sculptors and Architects - Two Scottish Case Studies
During the nineteenth century, sculptors concentrated on classical figures and busts, while any decoration applied to buildings was designed by architects and carried out by craftsmen stone carvers trained in the growing number of governmentsponsored...
Sculpture and the Museum
Christopher R. Marshall (ed.), Sculpture and the Museum Farnham, Ashgate, 2011, 286 pp., 63 b/w illustrations, £55. ISBN 978-1-4094-0910-6Sculpture and the Museum is the latest volume in the 'Subject/Object: New Studies in Sculpture' series published...
The Leicester Galleries and the Promotion of Modernist Sculpture in London, 1902-1975
The development of the British art market and the role played by dealers from the mid-nineteenth century onwards has recently been the subject of unprecedented scholarly scrutiny.1 Analysis of dealers' business practices, relationships with artists,...
The New Art, Hayward Gallery, London, 1972: New as Compromise, or When What Happens around the Exhibition Is as Interesting as What Happens in the Exhibition
The New Art exhibition, held at the Hayward Gallery in London between 17 August and 24 September 1972, has come to stand in the history of British art as a landmark exhibition: the first substantial institutional survey of British conceptual art and...
The New (British) Sculpture and the Struggle for Realism between the Wars
While convalescing from a bullet wound in a Manchester military hospital in April and May 1918, the thoughts of Charles Sargeant Jagger (1885-1934) 'continually turned to visions of a new form of sculpture for England'.1 Likewise, immediately after the...
'The New British Sculpture: Reviewing the Persistence of an Idea' Henry Moore Institute, Leeds 17-18 February 2011
IntroductionThese six essays were first delivered at the Henry Moore Institute in February 2011, during a conference entitled 'The New British Sculpture: Reviewing the Persistence of an Idea'. The conference arose out of discussions I was having with...
The Sculpture of Gertrude Hermes
Jane Hill, The Sculpture of Gertrude Hermes London, Lund Humphries, in association with the Henry Moore Foundation, 2011, 152pp., 12 colour, 129 b&w illustrations, £45. ISBN 978-0-85331-865-1The key phrase in Jane Hill's account of the sculpture...
Vulcan's Forge in Venus' City: The Story of Bronze in Venice, 1350-1650
Victoria Avery, Vulcan's Forge in Venus' City: The Story of Bronze in Venice, 1350-1650 (British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monographs), Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2011, 496 pp., 424 illustrations, 100 in colour, £125. ISBN 9780197264966The...
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