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Voices in Bronze The Creation of a Sculpture By Richard McDermott Miller

Palmedo, Philip F.; With Photographs By Eliza Hicks

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ISBN 10: 1582440344 / ISBN 13: 9781582440347
Published by Rutledge Books, Inc., Danbury, CT, 1998
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: Voices in Bronze The Creation of a Sculpture...

Publisher: Rutledge Books, Inc., Danbury, CT

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Black Silver Lettered Cloth

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Inscribed By Subject

Edition: First Edition Assumed.

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Richard McDermott Miller has had a long and distinguished artistic career. His sculptures are represented in important museums and collections around the world, including the Hirshhorn Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Canton Art Institute, the Butler Institute, Japan's Hakone Museum, the National Academy of Design, Duke University and the Universities of Houston and Nebraska. His large scale commissions are on public view in Dallas, Atlanta and Charlotte, North Carolina. He has been honored by the American Academy, the Institute of Arts and Letters and the National Academy of Design, which he served as President from 1989 to 1992.

Miller's work is in the great figurative tradition of sculpture that had its origins in prehistoric times and attained transforming heights in Ancient Egypt and Greece, Renaissance Italy, and nineteenth-century Europe. Drawing his inspiration from the past, he has revitalized that tradition through a sensitive, highly skilled, and distinctly twentieth century American approach to the figure, particularly the female nude. In the words of the critic, Howard Kalish, "The animated spirit with which he manages to invest his figures enables them to express what only sculpture can and places his work in line with the best of that great tradition."

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In December 1995, Richard McDermott Miller received a commission to create the St. James Triad, a larger-than-life-sized bronze sculpture of three female figures in connected square frames. Voices in Bronze vividly records the complex process by which this came into being, including the thoughts and feelings of the sculptor, his models, and the other participants in the process.

Philip Palmedo and Eliza Hicks guide us through the shifting phases of artistic creativity: conception, observation, discovery, disappointment, revision and elation. We watch as Miller creates his first wax sketches; we learn about the influence of his early life, his inspirations and his artistic philosophy; as the work evolves, we listen in on his conversations with his models and his assistants and we learn how they feel about their roles in the creative process. Then we accompany the completed clay sculptures to the foundry where, through a combination of art, alchemy and centuries-old craft, they are transformed into the final bronze. We are present at the first public showing of the work in a San Francisco Gallery and we attend the celebration of its installation on the grounds of a Long Island residence. Throughout, Hicks's sensitive black and white photographs perfectly complement Palmedo's lucid prose. They make us welcome insiders in the studio and foundry, friends of the men and women involved in creating the sculpture.

Inevitably this account also conveys an implicit commentary on the currently contentious issue of the artistic representations of the female body. Avoiding a narrowly doctrinaire approach, Palmedo lets the sculptor, his models, his female assistants, and others reacting to his work speak for themselves, offering us a fresh perspective on the issue.

If, as the philosopher Martin Heiddeger has said, a thing's essence is "the manner in which ...[it] comes into being..., the generative power that makes...[it] what it is," then Voices in Bronze reveals the essence of a major work of contemporary sculpture, and in so doing, gives us an important insight into the nature of sculpture itself.

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