Vitamin 3-D: New Perspectives in Sculpture and Installation

Vitamin 3-D: New Perspectives in Sculpture and Installation

by Editors of Phaidon Press


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Vitamin 3-D: New Perspectives in Sculpture and Installation by Editors of Phaidon Press

While much of the artistic innovation of the last two decades centred on the image, today the greatest strides are being taken in three dimensions. Contemporary art maintains an ongoing fascination with the key issues of modern sculpture, from the readymade to the specific object, and artists today are returning to them again and again, with fresh and often surprising results. At the same time, artists are striking out into new territory, harnessing the medium to confront today's commodity world in its own materials, from the Latin American junk assemblage of Marepe, Gabriel Kuri and Abraham Cruzvillegas to the wittily reworked objects of Peter Coffin, Tom Friedman and Allora & Calzadilla. Even before Rosalind's Krauss's landmark 1979 essay "Sculpture in the Expanded Field" the distinction between sculpture and its environment had already begun to dissolve. Today artists demolish the classical definition of sculpture - 'not architecture and not landscape' - in such works as Jorge Pardo's houses, Mike Nelson's labyrinthian interiors and Fischli and Weiss's garden plots. And if in the years leading up to Minimalism sculpture absorbed its pedestal, it has now spread across the floor, hung from the rafters and even swallowed the whole building. Although "Vitamin 3-D" will exclude film and video installations, it will be open to all other forms of sculpture and installation, including kinetic sculpture (Urs Fischer's untitled spinning branch chandeliers, Olafur Eliasson's "Reversed Waterfall"), paintings that have left the wall (Chris Johanson's multicoloured wood constructions, Aaron Curry's spray-painted cardboard panels), and even a few completely dematerialized works (Jeppe Hein's"Invisible Labyrinth", Martin Creed's "The Lights Going On and Off").

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780714849744
Publisher: Phaidon Press
Publication date: 05/23/2009
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 9.80(w) x 11.40(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Laura Hoptman is Kraus Family Senior Curator at the New Museum, New York. Jens Hoffmann, newly appointed Director of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts at California College of the Arts (CCA), San Francisco, formerly Director of Exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art, London, where he organized exhibitions, including "Artists' Favorite" (2004), "100 Artists See God" (2004-05), "London in Six Easy Steps" (2005), "Around the World in Eighty Days" (2006). He has worked for institutions and exhibitions such as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY; Dia Center for the Arts, NY; Documenta X, Kassel; and Portikus Kunsthalle, Frankfurt. He co-curated the 1st Prague Biennial (2003), the 1st Tirana Biennial (2001), and was assistant curator of the 1st Berlin Biennial (1998). Publications include The Next Documenta Should be Curated by an Artist (Revolver, 2004) and Perform (Thames & Hudson, 2005). His book, It Has Only Just Begun, co-authored with Hans Ulrich Obrist is forthcoming. Shamim Momin, is the Branch Director and Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria. She was a co-curator of the Whitney Biennial (2004) with Chrissie Iles and Debra Singer. She oversees the Contemporary Series at the Whitney Museum of American Art for which she has recently organized the solo exhibitions of Mark Grotjahn (2006-07), Raymond Pettibone (2005-06) and Banks Violette (2005). In addition to authoring catalogues for the Whitney museum she frequently contributes to other art publications, participates on various juries and panels and regularly serves as a guest lecturer and critic.

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