Half the World: Abstract Sculpture by Women 1947-2016

Half the World: Abstract Sculpture by Women 1947-2016

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The catalogue accompanying the most comprehensive exhibition of postwar abstract sculpture by women artists. Revolution in the Making traces the ways in which women artists deftly transformed the language of sculpture. The volume seeks to identify the multiple strains of proto-feminist practices, characterized by abstraction and repetition, which rejected the singularity of the masterwork. Divided into four sections, the book will feature approximately thirty artists and nearly 100 works in total: the postwar era (the late 1950s) including such historically important predecessors as Ruth Asawa, Lee Bontecou, Louise Bourgeois, Claire Falkenstein, and Louise Nevelson; the 1960s and 1970s, highlighting a generation of post-minimalist artists who ignited a revolution in their use of process-oriented materials and methods; the 1980s and 1990s, the period that moved beyond singular, three-dimensional objects toward architectonic works characterized by repetition, structure, and design; and post-2000 works by artists who created installation-based environments, embracing domestic materials and craft as an embedded discourse.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 245 x 322 x 27mm | 1,620g
  • Milan, Italy
  • English
  • 100 colour illustrations
  • 8857230651
  • 9788857230658
  • 431,366

About Paul Schimmel

Paul Schimmel is curator and vice president at Hauser & Wirth. He is the former chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Jenni Sorkin is a curator, art historian, critic, and assistant professor of contemporary art history at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Elizabeth Smith is executive director of the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation and former chief curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Anne M. Wagner is an internationally renowned art historian and professor emerita of modern and contemporary art history at the University of California, Berkeley.show more

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". . . define[s], as demonstrated in the work gathered here, the shared reality of an experimental impulse with materials and forms that has proved incalculably influential." - The New York Timesshow more

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