2017 · Portland, Maine / Fort Worth, Texas
by Eschelbacher, Andrew with Mollie R. Armstrong et al.
Portland, Maine / Fort Worth, Texas: Portland Museum of Art / Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 2017. Paperback. NF. Color-illustrated dj with white/blue lettering. French flaps. xiii, 185 pp. with 82 color and duotone plates; additional images. A New American Sculpture, 1914-1945 is the first publication to situate the individual contributions of Gaston Lachaise, Robert Laurent, Elie Nadelman, and William Zorach into a compelling constellation of artists with shared aesthetic and social concerns. Although each European-born, American artist cultivated his own distinct style, their creative priorities were all deeply rooted in quiet composition, synthetic approaches to anatomy, and architectural unity of curves and volume. At a time when abstract forms were popular, Lachaise, Laurent, Nadelman, and Zorach were all ultimately in favor of maintaining the integrity of the human body to explore modernist styles. This handsome book underscores their unrelenting search for a novel American visual tradition at the intersection of modernism, historic visual culture, and contemporary popular imagery. Catalogue from the exhibitions held in Portland, Maine and Fort Worth, May 2017 to May 2018.
(Inventory #: 162715)