Marvelous Objects

Marvelous Objects

Surrealist Sculpture From Paris to New York

Book - 2015
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This book delineates a dialogue between the two dominant modes of sculpture that evolved in tandem within the surrealist movement - found-object assemblages and nature-inspired biomorphism. The book offers a continuous narrative of contributions by both European and American surrealist artists from the early 1920s through the late 1940s. Artists from France, Germany, Britain, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States established Surrealism as transnational from the outset. Key artists who incorporated found objects in their works include Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Salvador Dali, Hans Bellmer, and Joseph Cornell. The biomorphists encompass Jean Arp, Max Ernst, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Isamu Noguchi. In addition, Alberto Giacometti, Alexander Calder and David Smith, are highlighted for their game-changing innovations that influenced the evolution of modern sculpture. Nearly two hundred illustrations and a selection of historical texts accompany the insightful essay and chronology by Valerie J. Fletcher. Fans of Surrealism and those new to the genre will appreciate this book's in-depth approach to its innovative and influential three-dimensional masterpieces.
Publisher: Washington, DC : Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden ; Munich : Delmonico Books/Prestel, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9783791354651
Branch Call Number: 735 FLE 2015
Characteristics: 192 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden


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Jan 06, 2017

A gorgeous coffee-table introduction to surrealist sculpture. Not being a scholar of such matters i can't definitely critique it, but it seems complete, perhaps even over-complete [Alexander Calder was a surrealist? Really? Great stuff but abstract, not surrealist].
I hadn't known the extent of H. Arp's biomorphism influence on surrealism, so that discussion was a big plus.
And i hadn't fully appreciated the sexual obsessiveness of male surrealists [tiresome, that].
If you have any interest in surrealism, or even its tangents, this is a worthy, even pleasurable read.

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