Sculpture Today Hardcover – Nov 1 2007
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'The scope of sculpture today has been addressed head-on by a seasoned authority. No matter what you know about the subject already, this is exciting stuff.' Artists and Illustrators 'There are surprisingly few general books on modern sculpture, so this one fills a big gap, and it fills it well...coherent and intelligent...' Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, The Burlington Magazine
About the Author
Dr Judith Collins is an international authority on sculpture. She studied at Edinburgh University and the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, and worked with the Art Council and the Hayward Gallery before becoming Senior Curator at Tate, London. She is the author of a wide range of books, which include The Omega Workshops ( Secker & Warburg, 1983), The Origins of the Romanesque (Lund Humphries, 1983), Eric Gill: The Sculpture (Herbert Press, 1993) and Andy Goldsworthy: Midsummer Snowballs (Thames & Hudson, 2001),and has written exhibition catalogues on numerous artists including Eduardo Paolozzi, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Lynn Chadwick, Elisabeth Frink, Magdalena Abakanowicz, David Nash and Carl Plackman. Collins has also worked extensively in radio and lectures throughout Europe and the US.
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The artists are very well selected. Some familiar names, and some obscure names. Frankly some will disappear and some will become famous. This is the sculpture of today without the filtering of time.
But the text! Very hard to read and poorly edited as well. One of those times when looking artsy hurts with the actual ability to read the material.
Anyway, I recommend the book 100% for those who are interested in the images, and a little less than that for those who want to read about contemporary sculpture.
for the typeface, and the 10 or 11 point type size.
Given how hard the designers seemed to work to make it a difficult read, the text itself is a balance of accessibility, and sophistication so the reader isn't also trying to decipher 'artspeak'. The writing is clear, concise, and edited for substance. I've bought this book for a few of my students, and now consider requiring it for my college classes. I, too, hope there will be a "Sculpture Today II." It's a luxury to have a book completely dedicated to sculpture, rather than having a few tired and token sculptures sprinkled in amongst the paintings in most surveys.
Only one other hope: that the next edition will have an index! The divisions into process, or content are interesting, but one must rifle through the entire book to find an artist. Still worth every penny.
If you've ever said to yourself "That's not sculpture!" then you need to "Sculpture Today". A student of sculpture myself, I read this book in order to gain a critical awareness of what is going on today in the sculpture world. Indeed, sculpture has changed more in the last thirty years than it has in the last 3000!!! There are thousands of artists out there today, and those selected for this book are only those who have made a significant contribution to their field. The usual names are here - Hirst, Gormley, Bourgoise, etc. - but there is also a plethora of relatively unknown sculptors.
The material is presented objectively, without bias or judgement. You can decide for yourself the value and purpose of contemporary art, that is not the role of Judith Collins.