Sculpture 1900-1945: After Rodin

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Oxford University Press, 1999 - Art - 286 pages
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Sculpture 1900-1945 provides a new critical analysis of the fascinating development of sculpture in Europe and America during this important period in art history. The most comprehensive concise history of modern sculpture available, this account puts sculpture back into relation with a range of other phenomena, encompassing many kinds of architects, sculptors, and painters, with widely differing kinds of practices.
Penelope Curtis takes Rodin as her point of departure and recurrent point of reference, building a story that necessarily begins in Paris, the major artistic center of the era, and evolves around responses to Rodin by sculptors in France, Germany, Britain, and America. She charts the key developments in the practice and reception of a wide variety of sculpture, from the avant-garde to public monuments. Covering all the major figures, including Duchamp, Le Corbusier, Dali, El Lissitzsky, Brancusi, Henry Moore, and Barbara Hepworth, Sculpture 1900-1945 focuses on specific themes in each chapter, ranging from the public place of sculpture, to the private arena, to the figurative ideal. Filling a gap in the literature, Sculpture 1900-1945 is the only critically up-to-date book on the subject.

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The Tradition of the Monument
Direct Expression through the Material
The Possibilities of Painting
Function Invitation and Interaction
Building a New Environment 79
The Figurative Ideal

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About the author (1999)

Penelope Curtis was born in London in 1961 and grew up in Glasgow. Postgraduate research in Paris led to her PhD on E. A. Bourdelle and Monumental Sculpture in France 1880-1930. In 1988 she joined the new Tate Gallery Liverpool as Exhibitions Curator. In 1994 she moved to the Henry MooreInstitute in Leeds, where as Curator she is now responsible for a programme of historical and contemporary sculpture exhibitions and other activities. She has published studies of Oto Gutfreund, E. A. Bourdelle, Barbara Hepworth, Julio Gonzalez and twentieth-century British sculpture, and writtencatalogue essays for a number of contemporary artists.

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