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Masters of American Sculpture.

Commemorating the one hundredth anniversary of the National Sculpture Society, this book provides a comprehensive overview of American sculpture from beaux-arts to the present. Two hundred and ninety illustrations - sixty-five in color - present examples of figurative sculpture that include portraiture, equestrian monuments and medallions, along with more abstract recent works. This first attempt to trace the development of American sculpture serves as an important source of images and information not easily attainable otherwise. Several of the chapters explore relationships between architecture and sculpture; another chapter reviews and discusses work by Native American sculptors. While we are encouraged to look anew at almost forgotten artists such as Daniel Chester French, Gutzon Borglum, Paul Manship and Augustus Saint Gaudens, the author also leads us to works by Mary Frank, Isamu Noguchi, David Smith, William Kienholz, Duane Hansen, Marisol Escobar and many others. While somewhat expensive for most school budgets, this book would be a worthwhile addition to any high school, university or personal library.
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Author:Marantz, Ken
Publication:School Arts
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Feb 1, 1996
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