The Sculptural Imagination: Figurative, Modernist, Minimalist

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A study of the sculptural imagination. Alex Potts explores the special qualities of sculpture as a free-standing, three-dimensional entity, and he considers the distinctive demands sculpture places on the viewer. The book begins with the 18th century and proceeds to the end of the 20th.

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Alex Potts is professor and chair of history of art at the University of Reading, Reading, England. He is the author of Flesh and the Ideal: Winckelmann and the Origins of Art History, published by Yale University Press.

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Potts (art history, Univ. of Reading, UK) has written a selective history of sculpture with an emphasis on sculpture theory and theorists from the late 18th century to the present. He casts a wide net among the theorists, from Johann Gottfried Herder through Walter Pater and Rainer Maria Rilke to Clement Greenberg and artist Donald Judd. Potts also discusses in detail a number of works by selected artists, from Antonio Canova and Auguste Rodin to Constantin Brancusi, David Smith, Carl Andre, Eva Hesse, and Louise Bourgeois. The author is good on assessing the impact of Minimalism on the practical accomplishments of mid- to late 20th-century sculpture and also very good on Minimalism's effect on theories about three-dimensional art objects. The book's argument is carefully constructed, but it is aimed at and recommended for an academic audience. Jack Perry Brown, Art Inst. of Chicago Libs.
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