Essays

The WWI Memorial: An American Acropolis

by James F. Cooper

Sabin Howard, a New York sculptor, has designed the equivalent of an American Parthenon for Washington, D.C. A Soldier's Story, a 75 -foot-long, 10.5-foot-tall bronze wall bas-relief honoring the 4.7 million men and women who served in World War I, is to be installed in Pennsylvania Avenue’s Pershing Park, located one block... More »

The Passions of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux

by Meredith Bergmann

This is the apt title of a book by James David Draper and Edouard Papet, inspired by and documenting the 2014 retrospective exhibition of the same name at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Musée d’Orsay.

We have drained and secularized the word “passion.” The classical Latin word meant “suffering” and in Medieval Latin... More »

Sculpture Through the Prism of Gender

by James F. Cooper

The inaugural opening at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, a 113,000 square-foot gallery, located in Los Angeles, is an important, monumental, museum-size exhibition of one hundred abstract sculptures created by thirty-four well-known contemporary women artists during the last seventy years.

Why, the reader might ask, does this... More »

Out of the Past

by Gail Leggio, Daniel T. Schultz

On the day when a statue is finished, its life, in a certain sense, begins.

—Marguerite Yourcenar

In the title essay from her collection That Mighty Sculptor, Time, Marguerite Yourcenar traces the life of an art work—after an artist has brought it “into human shape... More »

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