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Seven Logics of Sculpture: Encountering Objects Through the Senses

Seven Logics of Sculpture: Encountering Objects Through the Senses

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Sculpture as a specific medium is rarely investigated within a deeply cultural, philosophical context, nor within visual art itself. Whilst discussions about installation art, performance art, or other 3D art forms are widespread, the discourse on sculpture seems to be stuck in historical, material, or thematic frameworks. This is a loss for our understanding of art in general, and of sculpture in particular. In order to assess contemporary art practices, one should have a better understanding of the logics that are at work within sculpture as a medium, and how they differ from other art forms.

This book explores ‘seven logics’ of sculpture—not as a historical overview, but with a contemporary analytical approach, drawing from literature, philosophy, psycho-analysis, architecture, and mundane daily culture—that help understand specific manifestations of sculpture and the active perception by the viewer. It relates to aspects such as the senses, the skin, the body, objecthood, narrative dynamics, the shaping of space, fragmentation, and montage.

Seven Logics of Sculpture opens up new ways of looking at, understanding, and appreciating sculpture, placing the medium at the heart of art’s experience; how sculpture can be shaped, assembled, encountered, seen and embodied.

Author: Ernst van Alphen
Design: Sam de Groot

Featuring work by Carl Andre, Aldo Bakker, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Louise Bourgeois, Constantin Brancusi, Anthony Caro, Joseph Cornell, Saloua Raouda Choucair, Jeannette Christensen, Lygia Clark, Salvador Dalí, Marcel Duchamp, Alberto Giacometti, Dan Graham, David Hammons, Raoul Hausmann, Barbara Hepworth, Heringa/Van Kalsbeek, Eva Hesse, Hans Hovy, Ann Veronica Janssens, Donald Judd, Maria van Kesteren, Per Kirkeby, Katarzyna Kobro, Jannis Kounellis, Geert Lap, Sol Lewitt, Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, Michelangelo, Henry Moore, Bruce Nauman, Meret Oppenheim, Pablo Picasso, Giuseppe Penone, Robert Rauschenberg, Charles Ray, Auguste Rodin, Medardo Rosso, Fred Sandback, Marien Schouten, Richard Serra, David Smith, Alina Szapocznikow, Johan Tahon, Didier Vermeiren, Rachel Whiteread, and many others

Ernst van Alphen (b. 1958) is a cultural analyst and a professor emeritus of Literary Studies at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society. His publications include Shame! and Masculinity (Valiz, 2020); Failed Images (Valiz, 2018); Staging the Archive (Reaktion Books, 2014).

vis-à-vis series
Perfect Bound
23,4 x 16,5 cm
240 pages
Spring 2023
ISBN 978-94-93246-15-7

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