Bertoia! Bertoia! Bertoia!

I am quite thrilled to say that I am now on research leave, which will last through the 2017-18 academic year. This means that I will not only finally have some time for new Sculptural Things blog posts, but also for two new and substantial projects, both focused on the amazing and all-too-undervalued American postwar artist/ sculptor/ designer Harry Bertoia (1915-1978). Bertoia has occupied a lot … Continue reading Bertoia! Bertoia! Bertoia!

Publication News: Art History

I am thrilled to announce the inclusion of my article, “Materializing Modernism in Postwar Italy: Fausto Melotti, Gio Ponti, and the 1961 Esposizione Internazionale del Lavoro,”  in the September 2016 special issue of Art History. The issue, edited by Natalie Adamson and Steven Harris, examines the role of materials and materiality in European art between 1946 and 1972, and includes fantastic essays on CoBrA, Soulages, British design, Spoerri, … Continue reading Publication News: Art History

Sculptural Materiality in the Age of Conceptualism

I am thrilled to announce that my first monograph, Sculptural Materiality in the Age of Conceptualism, will be published in December by Routledge. The book, based on my doctoral dissertation, is structured around four distinct but interrelated projects initially realized in Italy between 1966 and 1972: Yayoi Kusama’s Narcissus Garden, Michelangelo Pistoletto’s Newspaper Sphere (Sfera di giornali), Robert Smithson’s Asphalt Rundown, and Joseph Beuys’s Arena. These works all utilized … Continue reading Sculptural Materiality in the Age of Conceptualism

Publication Announcement

I am thrilled to announce that History of Photography recently published my article, “Reflective Acts and Mirrored Images: Yayoi Kusama’s Narcissus Garden.” The text can be accessed through the Taylor & Francis website. In the summer of 1966, the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama installed Narcissus Garden in the main grounds of the 33rd Venice Biennale. Fifteen hundred mirrored plastic balls formed the core of a dynamic, complex work, … Continue reading Publication Announcement

Tate’s New Henry Moore Online Project

A couple of years ago now, I was asked to contribute an essay for a new online scholarly publication being put together by Tate Research entitled, Henry Moore: Sculptural Process and Public Identity.  This project reassesses the life, career, and impact of one of the most important sculptors of the twentieth century–if one who also because of his success is often considered to be more “establishment” than … Continue reading Tate’s New Henry Moore Online Project