Sculptors at Work: Interviews about the Creative Process

Victor M. Cassidy, who is a frequent contributor to Sculpture magazine, recently published a valuable series of interviews with working sculptors. The book’s subtitle aptly captures the focus of the book: conversations with working artists about their process (rather than market trends, theory, critics, lifestyle, or money).

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Gordon Matta-Clark: Conical Intersect

A few years ago, Afterall magazine, a quarterly based at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, started publishing a book series called “One Work,” each book focusing on a single influential work by a contemporary artist. Bruce Jenkins’s book on Conical Intersect is the 21st in the series, and arguably one of the most important.

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Richard Rome

One of the advantages of working in a magazine office is that we frequently receive announcements, catalogues, and books that show us important and interesting artists and sculptures that we hadn’t hitherto been aware of. One such book arrived recently on my desk, Martin Holman’s retrospective of British artist Richard Rome. Rome has been working outside the spotlights of the art world for nearly 50 years, though he’s hardly been obscure (there have been numerous exhibitions and commissions as well as international residencies).

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Ursula von Rydingsvard: Working

This new book on distinguished sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard offers something that few recent monographs have: a deep and intellectual engagement with the artist’s work by a critic, in this case Patricia C. Phillips, who is both a prominent writer and the Dean of Graduate Studies at the Rhode Island School of Design. Phillips’s text is the most thorough and extensive analysis of a contemporary artist’s work that I’ve seen in a recent book based on an exhibition (in this case, the show originated by the Sculpture Center in Long Island City, NY, and traveling to DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MA, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland, and the Frost Art Museum at Florida Atlantic University in Miami.
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Sculpture Casting, Studio Edition

The republication of Dennis Kowal’s 1972 book on sculpture casting includes an interesting means of updating a technical book: on the title page, Kowal has printed a QR Code and a url referring to the software necessary for the code to work. A reader can then use his or her smart phone to scan the QR Code and go directly to updated information on casting.
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Going Public, by Boris Groys

It may seem paradoxical, but the on-line publisher and aggregator e-flux has started a new publishing operation, on paper. In collaboration with Sternberg Press, e-flux is sponsoring a new series of small books under the banner of the e-flux journal, the first volume being a collection of critical essays by a regular contributor to the journal, Boris Groys.

His Going Public is as quirky and enlightening as his earlier books, ranging from design theory to Duchamp to religion to the museum. The introduction, “Poetics vs. Aesthetics,” sets a tone that balances art history and critical thinking, looking for a tool to think about artists as producers (a poetics) rather than looking at the reaction to their products (aesthetics)

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