The Elements of Sculpture Herbert George

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The Elements of Sculpture is the essential viewer's guide to experiencing sculpture. Richly illustrated with photographs of artworks both contemporary and classical and written by a sculptor and teacher with lifelong experience, it arms the reader with the tools and vocabulary with which to view a vast range of sculptures. Insightful and thought-provoking, it is accessible to the widest audience; as a primer for both students and general readers, it provides a new way of looking at, experiencing and discussing the art of crafting in three dimensions.

Compelling and jargon-free, The Elements of Sculpture discovers and isolates the attributes – from the most physical to the most ephemeral – that make up an essential three-dimensional visual language; the very elements that form the tools sculptors use to create their art: Material, Place, Surface, Edge, Texture, Colour, Scale, Mass, Centre of Gravity, Volume, Space, Movement, Light and Memory. By teaching us how to look at and experience sculpture in the same way that sculptors think about sculpture, Herbert George provides us with the tools for understanding and appreciating the three-dimensional object, demonstrating how we can begin to communicate using the language of sculpture. Specifications:

  • Format: Hardback
  • Size: 245 x 210 mm (9 5/8 x 8 1/4 in)
  • Pages: 192 pp
  • Illustrations: 140 illustrations
  • ISBN: 9780714867410

Herbert George is a sculptor and retired teacher. As a sculptor, his work has received support and recognition from the New York State Council on the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. In the 1970s he founded TRACKS, A Journal of Artists’ Writings and taught the history of sculpture at Cooper Union in New York. In 1985, he moved to the University of Chicago where he taught undergraduate and graduate sculpture. He retired from teaching in 2006, and was awarded a Getty Museum Fellowship in 2007.

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