San Francisco

Twelfth International Sculpture Conference

The Twelth International Sculpture Conference, held August 6–15, brought together hundreds of sculptors, performance artists, critics, curators, collectors, and teachers for exhibitions, panel discussions, slide presentations, technical demonstrations, and a variety of ambient events. The complex affair was organized with great care and attention to detail: but what was it all about? Most participants regarded it as a type of convivial get-together, valuable for establishing and maintaining contacts and the dialogues that attend them. Yet many had the distressing feeling that issues were not squarely met here. The assigned topics for panel discussions were often so elusive or vague (“Morality and the Arts,” “Metaphor”) that panelists, though with the best goodwill, seemed not to know what to say about them. The radical crisis now facing sculpture was lost beneath a loose pluralism which

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