Sculpture Vertical, Horizontal, Closed, Open Penelope Curtis

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
19 Sep 2017
ISBN:
9780300227222
Imprint:
Paul Mellon Centre BA
Dimensions:
320 pages: 229 x 178mm
Illustrations:
290 b-w illus.

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Expansive and lavishly illustrated, this book examines the fundamental similarities shared by all sculptures, regardless of the culture or time period in which they were created. Focusing on a wide range of British and European examples, of many periods, Penelope Curtis explores crucial sculptural concepts such as the vertical and the horizontal, the open and the closed. In doing so, she elucidates the powerful, and often surprising, properties of objects made in vastly different sociocultural contexts. Sculpture also expands the notion of sculpture to include the objects of everyday life and investigates the ways in which we approach sculpture as an art form. Stressing the fact that sculpture has been historically linked with rites of passage and moments of change and transformation, this revelatory study argues that the experience of sculpture is a universal and primal phenomenon that cuts across particular historical styles and epochs. 
 

Penelope Curtis is the director of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon and former director of Tate Britain.