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Curator Collins (Tate, London; Andy Goldsworthy: Midsummer Snowballs) has done a great deal of research for this survey of sculpture since 1975; her discussions of individual works are frequently illuminating and well phrased, and she clearly and reasonably conveys each chapter's general thesis. After a brief introduction, 17 thematic chapters-e.g., on the figure, postpop objects, gravity, monumentality-cover sculpture with great breadth and substantial perception. The thematic structure forms a useful armature for discussion, successfully reflecting the international nature of sculptural art in the last three decades (it also, however, breaks up some of the artists' works into different contexts). Though generously illustrated with photographs that reproduce well on the heavy matte stock, the light typewriter-font text is very difficult to read, and the inadequate binding may quickly prove problematic for libraries. Still, the book has its strengths. Recommended for all art collections.
—Jack Perry Brown