Two exciting publication updates to begin the summer! I contributed an essay on the reception and collection of work by the English sculptor Lynn Chadwick (1914-2003) in the United States to Lynn Chadwick: A Sculptor on the International Stage (2019). Chadwick specialist Michael Bird edited the beautifully illustrated book and also contributed the wonderful lead essay. Available now at via Scheidegger & Spiess, Amazon, and … Continue reading New Publications
I am very happy to announce the publication of Postwar Italian Art History Today: Untying ‘the Knot’ from Bloomsbury, which I co-edited with Dr. Sharon Hecker. The edited volume is the result of a two day-conference held at the Center for Italian Modern Art in 2015. Postwar Italian Art History Today brings fresh critical consideration to the parameters and impact of Italian art and visual culture studies of the … Continue reading New Publication: Postwar Italian Art History Today
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!
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
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