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Thinking is Making: Presence and Absence in Contemporary Sculpture [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Herbert Martin , Fiona MacDonald , Matilda Strang , Michael Taylor
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28 Feb 2013
The sculptural object has spent much of the recent past being made to disappear from view. The word sculpture might still carry connotations of weight, scale and material, yet none of these things may necessarily be present in any particular work. Whether lost into a void, left behind in an expanded field or exploded to occupy the architectural space that once simply contained it, the sculptural object as the flotsam of an artist's engagement with process and materials, seems to have been in a continual state of crisis since first becoming detached from its plinth. As for the sculptor, the artist as maker, they can often be seen performing as magician, orchestrating events and actions which culminate in the object of our desire, the decorative assistant, simply vanishing from the stage. With essays exploring the nature and function of the sculptural object by Martin Herbert, profiles of past winners of the Mark Tanner Sculpture Award by Fiona MacDonald and a history of the object as explored through the various discourses developed at St Martins School of Art from the mid-1960s by Matilda Strang, Thinking is Making questions both the presence and absence of the object and its maker within contemporary British sculpture.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog Publishing London UK (28 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908966041
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908966049
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 23.1 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 180,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Michael Taylor is the founder of Paupers Press, and co-founder of Standpoint, an artist-run gallery, studio and educational charity based in London. He has taught at Central St Martins and the Royal College of Art, and has exhibited in both solo and group shows within the UK, Europe and the USA. Previous publication The Mechanical Hand: Artists' Projects at Paupers Press. Martin Herbert is a writer and critic. He is Associate Editor of Art Review and European Editor of Modern Painters, and writes regularly for Artforum and Frieze. Fiona MacDonald is the curator of Standpoint Gallery in London and oversees the Mark Tanner Sculpture Award. Her own practice encompasses painting and sculpture. Matilda Strang works at the Standpoint Gallery in London.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Quality of production 25 Jan 2014
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A very well produced and thoughtful book about sculpture with excellent reproductions and essays. Provides a varied survey of artists for whom making by hand is paramount. Essay by Martin Herbert about the sculptural object and an interesting history of St Martins School of Art with the story of John Latham's Chew and Spit: Art and Culture among others.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great book 19 May 2013
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An excellent book. Rosie Leventon is a friend of ours but all the artists are outstanding. I would recommend it.
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