San Francisco

“Sculpture from Germany”

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

Why does so much of this sculpture look vaguely familiar? Not because it has been exhibited in the Bay Area or, in the case of most of the artists, elsewhere in the United States; nor has much of it been discussed in the American art press. Yet many of these 10 sculptors work within well-known conventions of “ . . . American Minimalism and Post-Minimalism, the European developments of Arte Povera of the ’60s, and the earlier schools of Constructivism, Surrealism, and Neo-Plasticism,” as listed by guest curator Michael R. Klein in the beautifully designed and well illustrated catalogue. Organized by Independent Curators Inc., New York, for a tour of six cities in the U.S. and Canada, the exhibition functions better as information about, and documentation of, contemporary West German sculptural activity than as a directly satisfying art experience. One does not want to believe Klein’s

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