| What is sculpture? An anthology
Over the past twenty years, since theory has begun scrutinizing the concept of sculpture itself, the genre has been experiencing a new renaissance as an artistic form of expression. This publication assembles essays, statements, interviews, letters, poems, and other kinds of texts by artists from all around the world on the various concepts of sculpture from 1990 to the present. Illustrations of the contributing artists’ works show the multiple facets and diversity of contemporary sculpture. In three lengthy chapters and a brief introduction, the book presents works of sculpture, the processes used to create them, different kinds of figuration, and exhibition venues for contemporary sculpture. Intended for a broad audience of artists, curators, art historians, students, and art lovers, this volume is being produced by the Anthony Cragg Foundation for the Waldfrieden Sculpture Park in Wuppertal and serves both as an important reference book as well as a source of inspiration. (German edition ISBN 978-3-7757-3346-5) The artists presented: Edward Allington, Francis Alÿs, John Bock, Mel Brimfield, Anthony Caro, Jan de Cock, Tony Cragg, Matthew Crawley, Richard Deacon, Michael Dean, Mark Dion, Elmgreen und Dragset, Chris Evans, Katharina Fritsch, Ryan Gander, Francesco Gennari, Thomas Hirschhorn, Ilya Kabakov, Mike Kelley, Hew Locke, Sarah Lucas, Paul McCarthy, Jonathan Monk, Ron Mueck, Mike Nelson, Patricia Piccinini, Falke Pisano, Bettina Pousttchi, Marc Quinn, Gregor Schneider, Thomas Schütte, Roman Signer, Florian Slotawa, Kiki Smith, Bob und Roberta Smith, Didier Vermeiren, Franz West, Keith Wilson, Erwin Wurm, Carey YoungMark Dion (* 1961 inNew Bedford, Massachusetts), lives and works in Pennsylvania.1986 graduated from the University of Hartford School of Art, Connecticut. 2001 Larry Aldrich Foundation Award. Large solo exhibitions at the Tate, London (1999), the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2004), and the Miami Art Museum (2006). Mark Dion (* 1961 inNew Bedford, Massachusetts), lives and works in Pennsylvania.1986 graduated from the University of Hartford School of Art, Connecticut. 2001 Larry Aldrich Foundation Award. Large solo exhibitions at the Tate, London (1999), the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2004), and the Miami Art Museum (2006).
ELMGREEN (*Denmark) & DRAGSET (*Norway) have been working together since 1995. In their works, they deal with socio-cultural and political topics, such as upbringing and aging, gay rights, the construction of identity, consumer culture, and the privatization of public space. The artist duo has been awarded several prizes, including the 2002 Preis der Nationalgalerie in Berlin and a Special Mention at the 2009 Biennale di Venezia
Katharina Grosse (*1961, Freiburg i. Br.), one of the most distinguished painters of international contemporary art, studied at the Kunstakademie Münster and at the Akademie in Düsseldorf, where she held a professorship from 2010 to 2018. Her works have been shown in renowned museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (2019), the National Gallery in Prague (2018), the chi K11 art museum in Shanghai (2018) or as part of the MoMA PS1 program in New York (2016), as well as at several biennials, including Aarhus(2017), Venice (2015) and Curitiba (2013).
THOMAS SCHÜTTE (*1954, Oldenburg) studied with Fritz Schwegler and Gerhard Richter at the Düsseldorf Art Academy and is known for his special combination of architectural and sculptural elements. In 2005 he was awarded as best artist at the Biennale di Venezia.