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Henry Moore Institute

Modern Sculpture Reader

Modern Sculpture Reader

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Modern Sculpture Reader is a collection of major texts that have defined sculpture’s radically changing status and function since the end of the nineteenth century.

The essays offer a wide variety of different modes of writing, from the rigorously theoretical to the experimental and the poetic. The presentation is chronological, with seventy texts by acclaimed artists and writers grouped under four headings:

Nineteenth-century inheritance
Texts by Adolf von Hildebrand; Rainer Maria Rilke; Medardo Rosso; Wilhelm Worringer

Modernism and anti-modernism
Umberto Boccioni; Guillaume Apollinaire; Carl Einstein; Eric Gill; Raoul Hausmann; André Salmon; Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler; Ezra Pound; Osip Brik; Katarzyna Kobro; Michel Leiris; Vladimir Tatlin; Salvador Dalí; R. H. Wilenski; Maurice Raynal; Adrian Stokes; Julio González; André Breton; Naum Gabo; Carola Giedion-Welcker; László Moholy-Nagy; Arturo Martini

The new sculpture and the anti-sculptural
Jean-Paul Satre; Clement Greenberg; David Smith; Herbert Read; Germaine Richier; Eduardo Paolozzi; Donald Judd; David Medalla; Marcel Duchamp; Allan Kaprow; Robert Morris; Pino Pascali; Jean Dubuffet; Michael Fried; David Sylvester; Lucy Lippard and John Chandler; Jack Burnham; Eva Hesse; Robert Smithson/Patricia Norvell; Henri Lefebvre; Gilbert and George; Carl Andre/Phyllis Tuchman; Claes Oldenburg; Jörg Schellman, Bernd Klüser and Joseph Bueys; William Tucker

Post-modernity: the negation and presence of the sculptural
Rosalind Krauss; Richard Serra/Peter Eisenman; Benjamin Buchloh; Tony Cragg; Robert Irwin; Vito Acconci; Brian O’Doherty; Bruce Nauman/Joan Simon; Louise Bourgeois/Alain Kirili; Gareth Jones; Georg Baselitz; Max Neuhaus; Jannis Kounellis; Rachel Whiteread/Andrea Rose; Edward Allington; John Lechte; Walter Grasskamp; Guy Brett; Susan Hiller

Each text is introduced by a critical commentary on its author and the context in which he or she was writing, and the volume is prefaced by an introductory essay on ‘The idea of modern sculpture’ by Alex Potts. Edited by Jon Wood (Research Curator, the Henry Moore Institute), David Hulks and Alex Potts, this reprinted edition features a new foreword by Lisa Le Feuvre (Head of Sculpture Studies, the Henry Moore Institute).

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