Sculpture Invasion

Posted on July 9, 2015. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Sculptures abound here at Oakton during Sculpture Invasion 2015, one of the largest juried exhibitions in the area. The sculptures, seen both inside the museum and outside around the Des Plaines campus, will be around from July 9th – September 18th. Feeling inspired to learn more about sculptures? Why not check out some of these books about sculptures available here at Oakton.

book cover for Encyclopedia of SculptureThe Encyclopedia of Sculpture
edited by Antonia Boström

This three volume encyclopedia set available in our reference collection to view in the library “…spans the entire history of sculpture, from prehistoric times to the twenty-first century. While devoting significant attention to individual artists and their works, the Encyclopedia also explores sculpture from the vantage points of history, criticism, theory, aesthetics, production, training, and presentation, making this the most comprehensive, in-depth source on the subject ever published” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

book cover for Lee BontecouLee Bontecou: A Retrospective
exhibition curator, Elizabeth A.T. Smith in association with Ann Philbin
essays, Donna De Salvo … [et al.].

“One of the leading female artists of the late 20th century. Lee Bontecou (b. 1931) became widely known for her welded steel sculptures and plastic and epoxy molded assemblages from the 1960s and 1970s. Her powerful and original constructions, which were both critically acclaimed and actively collected, evoked natural phenomena and organic biological life even as they grew more abstract.

This monograph—the first extensive analysis of her art—presents some 50 sculptures and more than 100 drawings, including her celebrated early works as well as later pieces that are little known and have never been publicly exhibited or published. Along with four original essays, this volume also includes a reprint of Donald Judd’s influential 1965 Arts Magazine article on Bontecou” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

book cover for Sculpture Since 1945Sculpture Since 1945
by Causey, Andrew Published c1998

“In over 130 beautiful illustrations, Causey examines innovative and avant-garde works in relation to contemporary events, festivals, commissions, the marketplace, and the changing functions of museums. He also explores the use of everyday objects and the importance of sculptural context, discussing figurative and non-figurative works, Anti-form, Minimalism, experimental form, Earth art, landscape sculpture, installation, and performance art. A final chapter brings the discussion of sculpture right up to the present day by examining sculpture since 1980. The holistic picture of post-War sculpture which emerges in Sculpture Since 1945 establishes for the first time key events and themes around which future debate will center” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

book cover for The Art of Toshiko TakezuThe Art of Toshiko Takaezu: In the Language of Silence
edited by Peter Held

“Tracing the artistic development of renowned potter Toshiko Takaezu (1922-2011), this masterful study celebrates and analyzes an artist who held a significant place in the post-World War II craft movement in America.

Born in Hawaii of Japanese descent in 1922, Takaezu worked actively in clay, fiber, and bronze for over sixty years. Influenced by midcentury modernism, her work transformed from functional vessels to abstract sculptural forms and installations. Over the years, continued to draw on a combination of Eastern and Western techniques and aesthetics, as well as her love of the natural world. In particular, Takaezu’s vertical closed forms became a symbol of her work, created through a combination of wheel-throwing and hand-building techniques that allowed her to grow her vessels vertically and eased the circular restrictions of the wheel. In addition to her art, Takaezu was renowned for her teaching, including twenty years at Princeton University.

This beautifully illustrated book offers the first scholarly analysis of Takaezu’s life work and includes essays by Paul Smith, director emeritus of the American Craft Museum, and Janet Koplos, former senior editor of Art in America” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

book cover for The Human Form in ClayThe Human Form in Clay
by Jane Waller

“This book is a celebration of 50 contemporary artists from around the world who have chosen to create the human form in clay. There is a detailed account of each artist’s work, including biographical details and precise descriptions of their working methods. In addition, each artist has been asked to name a major source of inspiration—whether another artist or key work, in any medium and from any culture, explaining the reasons for their choice. The resulting depictions—ranging from the Willendorf Venus to a Michelangelo Pietà—combine with stunning photos of the artists’ work to make this a book that will inform and inspire” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

book cover for A Sisterhood of SculptorsA Sisterhood of Sculptors: American Artists in Nineteenth-Century Rome
by Dabakis, Melissa

“At its core, A Sisterhood of Sculptors is concerned with the gendered nature of creativity and expatriation. Taking guidance from feminist theory, cultural geography, and expatriate and postcolonial studies, Dabakis provides a detailed investigation of the historical phenomenon of women’s artistic lives in Rome in the mid-nineteenth century. As an interdisciplinary examination of femininity and creativity, it provides models for viewing and interpreting nineteenth-century sculpture and for analyzing the gendered status of the artistic profession” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

book cover for H.C. WestermannH.C. Westermann
exhibition curators, Lynne Warren and Michael Rooks
essays by Dennis Adrian, Michael Rooks, Robert Storr, and Lynne Warren.

“This exhibition catalogue is the first comprehensive study of sculptor H. C. Westermann to be published in over twenty years. The work of H. C. Westermann (1922-1981) encompasses defining issues central to the twentieth century. His works, such as The Death Ship sculptures often address wartime service, and share themes such as anxiety in the nuclear age and the artist as an outcast and an outsider” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

book cover for Art of the SensesArt of the Senses: African Masterpieces from the Teel Collection
edited by Suzanne Preston Blier
essays by Suzanne Preston Blier, Christraud M. Geary, Edmund Barry Gaither

“How the ‘unique’ look of African art captured the imagination of artists such as Picasso and Stieglitz is well known. But how do art aficionados today see African objects? And how does our view compare to the way in which these objects were seen in Africa? Presenting the William and Bertha Teel Collection for the first time, this book provides a chance to think about how our vision of such objects is shaped by the ‘ethnographic,’ ‘primitive,’ or ‘modern’ labels that have been applied in the West, and to compare it to how those same works were viewed in their birthplace” (Amazon).

book cover for Welded Sculpture

Welded Sculpture of the Twentieth Century
by Collischan, Judy

“This first-ever study of welded sculpture covers the entire twentieth century and one hundred artists from all over the world” (Amazon).

-posted by Gretchen Schneider


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