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A Garden for Art.

A Garden for Art. Valerie J. Fletcher. New York: Thames and Hudson, (800-233-4830), 1998. Illus., softcover, 96 pp., $15.95

This book is more than just an overview of an adjunct to a museum. The author begins by tracing the history of sculpture gardens back to Egyptian Pharaohs (1480 BC) the Forum in Rome, temples in Central America, Zen Buddhist rock gardens, and the Vatican's landscaped Belvedere Courtyard, the first outdoor sculpture museum created in 1500. More than sixty sculptures are reproduced in color, in addition to numerous context photos. Both figurative and abstract works are discussed and brief biographies of each sculptor, including Rodin, Maillol, Matisse, de Kooning, Picasso, Calder, and Oldenburg are presented. The section on abstract sculpture offers an informative discussion of the biomorphism and fantasy noted in the works of Arp, Moore, Hepworth, Miro and Lipschitz contrasted with the geometric and rational constructions of Smith, Archipenko, Snelson and Kelly. This lively overview of important sculpture and sculptors is recommended for high school and university level students and instructors.
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Title Annotation:Review
Author:Anderson, Kent
Publication:School Arts
Article Type:Book Review
Date:May 1, 1999
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