A sequel to the authors' artfully simple guide to appreciating American postwar painting ( The Painter's Eye ), this survey of American sculpture attempts more and accomplishes less. Thirty-five works by 25 stellar artists--including Isamu Noguchi, Louise Nevelson, Claes Oldenburg, Mark di Suvero and Martin Puryear--are examined in terms of subject matter, positive and negative space, material and color. Extensive interviews with artists cover techniques, influences and aesthetic philosophies. But too many concepts vie for coverage: Pop art, minimalism, superrealism and environmental art rush by unsavored, as do the artists' comments, which are alternately illuminating and obscure. Illustrated with fine color reproductions and black-and-white photographs of the artists at work, and including a list of U.S. sculpture gardens, glossary, biographical sketches, historical overview and bibliography, this attractive book is closer to an anthology than an introduction. It may appeal to mature readers who have both prior experience with contemporary art and the patience to sort through the crush of styles, techniques and opinions so faithfully compiled here. Ages 10-up. (Oct.)
Gr 6 Up-The works of 10 contemporary sculptors in America are visited in the pages of this handsomely designed book. By choosing provocative and intriguing pieces in a variety of settings and mediums, the authors show something of the scope and diversity of three-dimensional art today. They, in effect, walk around the works and demonstrate the steps to follow when viewing a sculpture. Interviews with individual artists, such as George Segal, Viola Frey, Joel Shapiro, Deborah Butterfield, and Claes Oldenburg, enrich the presentation. Other notable sculptors represented are Louise Nevelson, Ed Love, Alexander Calder, and Isamu Noguchi. The book contains a splendid balance of museum and site pieces, ranging from baseball bats to animals to boxes, human figures to ice-cream cones. The objects shown are made from a variety of materials, and all capture the attention and open the eyes of viewers to the pleasures of three-dimensional art. As in their book The Painter's Eye (Delacorte 1991), Greenberg and Jordan demonstrate mastery of the language of art and of the vocabulary of young people.-Shirley Wilton, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ
Every bit as informative and beautifully produced as "The Painter's Eye" (1991), this continues the authors' expedition into the realm of art. Emphasizing again that in art appreciation "there are no right or wrong answers, as long as you support your conclusions in the language of art," they use a strikingly varied assortment of work--from massive site sculptures fashioned from rocks and earth to creations made out of ceramic and fabric--to explore how such elements as point of view, texture, space, proportion, and form function singly and in unison in three-dimensional work. Questions skillfully woven into the text encourage readers to gauge their own response to a particular sculpture, and interviews and comments from artists, scattered throughout the book, add a sense of spontaneity as well as insight into the artistic process. The sculptures are presented in glorious, full color, but the artists are pictured in candid black-and-white shots. A list of sculptures is appended, as are thumbnail biographies of the artists, an excellent glossary, and a bibliography. Used by itself or in conjunction with "Painter's Eye", this is a fine book that will interest teachers as well as students.