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Like life: sculpture, color, and the body

Like life: sculpture, color, and the body

Syson, Luke, author; Bowyer, Emerson, author; Wagstaff, Sheena, author; Kumar, Brinda, author; Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.), host institution

Explores how artists from the European Renaissance to the global present have used sculpture and color to evoke the presence of the living body Since the earliest myths of the sculptor Pygmalion bringing a statue to life through desire, artists have explored the boundaries between sculpture and the physical materiality of the body. This groundbreaking volume examines key sculptural works from 13th-century Europe to the global present, revealing new insights into the strategies artists deploy to blur the distinction between art and life. Sculpture, which has historically taken the human figure as its subject, is presented here in myriad manifestations created by artists ranging from Donatello and Degas to Picasso, Kiki Smith, and Jeff Koons. Featuring works created in traditional media such as wood and marble as well as the unexpected such as wax, metal, and blood, Like Life presents sculpture both conventional and shocking, including effigies, dolls, mannequins, automata, waxworks, and anatomical models. Containing texts by art and cultural historians as well as interviews with contemporary artists, this is a provocative exploration of three-dimensional representations of the human body

Hardback, Book. English.
Published New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, [2018]
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Statement of responsibility: Luke Syson, Sheena Wagstaff, Emerson Bowyer, and Brinda Kumar ; with contributions by Bharti Kher [and five others]
ISBN: 1588396444, 9781588396440
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Published in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 21st March-22nd July 2018.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xii, 300 pages : illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 30 cm
Subject: Art and Design.; Human figure; Figure sculpture Exhibitions.; Human figure in art Exhibitions.; Color in art Exhibitions.; Sculpture