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West Coast sculptor Manuel Neri (b. 1930) is noted for his distinctive plaster, clay, and bronze sculptures of partial and fragmentary female figures splashed with painted primary-color highlights. This catalog for an exhibition traveling to the Portland Art Museum focuses on the artist's creative process, from his drawings to his plaster maquettes to his final productions. Neri's art, often in series, is devoted to the isolation of single features and evocative gestures meant to convey the whole body and mood. The catalog features a long, illustrated essay by widely published independent scholar Nixon that charts the evolution of Neri's art in various media and compares individual pieces to works from classical antiquity, Renaissance reliefs, and works by Edgar Degas and Henri Matisse. The juxtaposition of his elegant conceptual sketches and drawings alongside finished sculptures and reliefs is particularly illuminating (there are 32 color plates in all). Included is a chronology (curiously labeled "Biography"), a bibliography, and a selected collections list. Highly recommended, along with such essential shelf-mates as Nixon's Manuel Neri: Artists' Books/The Collaborative Processand Neri's own Manuel Neri: Early Work, 1953-1978.
—Russell T. Clement