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August 2012

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Messerschmidt and Modernity
Lucio Fontana: The Artist's Materials
Modern Sculpture Reader

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Messerschmidt and Modernity
Antonia Boström
Messerschmidt and Modernity

An astonishing group of sixty-nine "Character Heads" by German sculptor Franz Xaver Messerschmidt (1736–1783) has fascinated viewers, artists, and collectors for more than two centuries. The heads, carved in alabaster or cast in lead or tin alloy, were conceived outside the norm of conventional portrait sculpture and explore the furthest limits of human expression. Lavishly illustrated, this volume presents remarkable works created by and inspired by Messerschmidt, an artist both of and ahead of his time. An exhibition of the same name will be on view at the Getty Center through October 14, 2012.

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Lucio Fontana: The Artist's Materials
Pia Gottschaller
Lucio Fontana: The Artist's Materials

Lucio Fontana (1899–1968) is widely regarded as one of the most influential and innovative post–World War II Italian artists. Best known for his tagli—slashed, mostly monochromatic canvases—Fontana fashioned a remarkably multifaceted oeuvre that encompasses architecture, sculpture, and ceramics, as well as painting. In his quest to expand the vocabulary of his art, Fontana subjected the pictorial surface of his paintings to a remarkable assortment of punctures, gashes, and slashes, as well as adornments of glass fragments, glittering aluminum flakes, and sand.

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Modern Sculpture Reader
Edited by Jon Wood, David Hulks, and Alex Potts
Modern Sculpture Reader

In many anthologies of art, sculpture is given short shrift in relation to other media, if it is treated at all. Modern Sculpture Reader aims to rectify this situation by presenting a collection of important texts that have defined sculpture's radically changing status and role since the end of the nineteenth century, a time marked by a general reappraisal of the forms and functions of art.

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