The three-dimensional world of sculpture comes alive in "this museum without walls," the sixth thought-provoking art book from Bob Raczka. As curator of this exhibition, Raczka focuses on sculpture from the twentieth century, arranging alphabetically from A (in the form of an Arrow) to Z (in the shape zig-zags). He not only points out different styles of sculpture such as abstract, kinetic, and relief, but also covers the variety of materials—stone, scrap metal, even light—that sculptors can use. A gallery ...
The three-dimensional world of sculpture comes alive in "this museum without walls," the sixth thought-provoking art book from Bob Raczka. As curator of this exhibition, Raczka focuses on sculpture from the twentieth century, arranging alphabetically from A (in the form of an Arrow) to Z (in the shape zig-zags). He not only points out different styles of sculpture such as abstract, kinetic, and relief, but also covers the variety of materials—stone, scrap metal, even light—that sculptors can use. A gallery collection like no other, this book is sure to delight and inspire.
Like his previous books, Bob Raczka's 3-D ABC is likely to stimulate children, along with their parents and teachers to take a closer, more informed look at art. In this alphabet book, he combines minimal text with photo representations of a wide variety of sculptures, to establish that this field includes a wide variety of creations from those "that make you look at things differently.even those [things] that you see everyday." The way that Raczka sets up his alphabet allows him flexibility and makes his point about the way art often plays on easily recognized objects and images. Thus the text for A says sculptures of things that cannot be recognized are called "abstract". But the caption reads "`A' is for arrow," highlighting the easily identified arrow shaped element in Calder's sculpture "Obus" that illustrates the letter. So too, Bruce Nauman's light sculpture called "Double Poke in the Eye" becomes "Q is for Quarrel." This book, like Raczka's previous books Art Is. More Than Meets the Eye: Seeing art with all 5 Senses, and No One Saw PB, will be valuable additions to any classroom or home that values bringing art to life for children.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 5-Raczka has a great eye-a welcome attribute in the creation of art books for children. His strength lies in selecting images high in child appeal and combining them in fresh, provocative ways. This alphabetically arranged primer on 20th-century sculpture includes Marcel Duchamp's "Bicycle Wheel," Constantin Brancusi's "The Kiss" (paired with Robert Indiana's "Love"), and Claes Oldenburg's "Spoonbridge and Cherry." The selections are international in scope, and the media range from scrap metal and found objects to wood and fluorescent lights. The change between exterior and interior settings adds further interest. On single pages or double spreads, Raczka includes the piece itself, a phrase highlighting its relationship to the letter, and the attribution. In brief sentences, he builds a cumulative understanding of the subject: a sculpture "can have moving parts," "is not always something you can recognize," "can make you look at things differently." So can Raczka. Pair this with Camay C. Murphy and Tom Miller's Can a Coal Scuttle Fly? (Maryland Historical Society, 1996) to move from sampling a range of works to an appreciation of one artist's ability to transform everyday objects into three-dimensional art.-Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Bob Raczka studied art at the University of Illinois and is currently a advertising writer. He has written nine art books for children, including No One Saw: Ordinary Things Through the Eyes of an Artist; Art Is…; More Than Meets the Eye: Seeing Art with All Five Senses; Unlikely Pairs: Fun with Famous Works of Art; Here's Looking at Me: How Artists See Themselves; and 3-D ABC: A Sculptural Alphabet.