PRINT Summer 1975


Early Modern Sculpture, and Origins of Modern Sculpture: Pioneers and Premises

William Tucker, Early Modern Sculpture (New York, Oxford University Press, 1974).

Albert E. Elsen, Origins of Modern Sculpture: Pioneers and Premises (New York, George Braziller, 1974).

SCULPTURE, LONG THE NEGLECTED HANDMAIDEN of modernism, has commanded ever greater attention from artists, critics, and historians since the 1950s. Serious attempts to deal with 20th-century sculpture before the 1960s can be numbered almost on one hand; and of these early studies, many were limited either by concentration on a national school, usually France, or by a barely disguised set of prejudices and esthetic doctrines.

As has happened repeatedly in modern art and its relations to art history and theory, changes in the impulsions that guide the making of new art have changed our view and understanding of the past. The reevaluation of 20th-century sculpture is only the latest in a long series of such echo

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