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Modern British Sculpture [Hardcover]

Penelope Curtis , Keith Wilson
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31 Jan 2011
From Leighton to Lucas, thismagnificent survey explores sculpture in Britain over the last 130 years. Considering the way in which sculpturemediates issues of national identity and how Britains links with its Empire have shaped its artistic output, the book also highlights the dialogues between British and international sculpture. The importance of the countrys landscape as a location andmediumis examined, as is the perennial choice faced by the sculptor between figuration and abstraction. Sculpture has changed dramatically in the last century. Traditionalmaterials have given way to expanded practices and the dematerialisation of the art object altogether. With incisive essays by a number of leading authorities, and including previously unpublished archivematerial and new bibliographic sources, this compelling book documents these seismic shifts.

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  • Hardcover: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Royal Academy of Arts, London (31 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905711727
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905711727
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 20.3 x 25.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 411,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Overview of Exhibition 8 April 2012
This is a catalogue of the 2011 Royal Academy Exhibition. It is an exemplary catalogue - deepening one's understanding of the art on display, and serving as a fantastic reminder. The essays are excellent, and the whole volume (like the exhibition) is nicely structured around the key issues of figuration/abstract.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I don't think so! 9 Feb 2011
A confused exhibition curated by a pretentious academic with little understanding of the development of sculpture in Britain. The curator (Penelope Curtis) has tried so hard to make the selection of works 'interesting', that she has lost all sense of communicating her obscure ideas to the reader or the viewer.

If you can wade through the essays, which attempt to explain (but are more of apologia for) the selection for the exhibition, you will be more confused than ever.

If you think that this catalogue will explain anything about Modern British Sculpture' you will be sadly disappointed.

One star for some nice pictures.
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