PRINT May 1969


Jack Burnham’s Beyond Modern Sculpture

Jack Burnham, “Beyond Modern Sculpture: The Effects of Science and Technology on the Sculpture of This Century” (George Braziller, 1968); 402 pages, 135 illustrations in black and white.

BEYOND MODERN SCULPTURE IS a strange book. It seems to be about a very modern type of sculpture which employs materials related to science and technology. As such it is aggressively up-to-date and indeed looks to the future, as the title implies (assuming “beyond” means “ahead in time,” not “over in the next county,” or some such). But if Beyond Modern Sculpture was really about technologically implemented light and movement (hereafter L & M) sculpture it would have more and better photographs and more specific description. It would be a “coffee table” book, part of the “museum without walls.” It is not such a book. As I read it, or tried to read it, it came to me that I was not reading about modern sculpture

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