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The Expressive Edge Margaret Sheffield

The Expressive Edge

Margaret Sheffield

Published January 31st 2010
ISBN : 9788881587377
Paperback
118 pages
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Analyzing the history of sculpture from an unusual angle, Margaret Sheffield tackles the character and function of edge in sculptural line, from classical Greece to the present. She identifies three kinds of sculptural edge: the containing edgeMoreAnalyzing the history of sculpture from an unusual angle, Margaret Sheffield tackles the character and function of edge in sculptural line, from classical Greece to the present. She identifies three kinds of sculptural edge: the containing edge (as found in Classical sculpture), the expansive (Baroque) and the in flux (as seen in contemporary sculpture). In Michelangelos Slaves series, for instance, which was completed in 1547, the figures broken lines project turmoil in deprivation, whereas the broken edges of an Isamu Noguchi piece express an entirely different, Eastern view of beauty as irregularity. Rodins multiple silhouettes portray passionate vitality- in the Futurist Boccionis work, violently uneven--almost serrated--edges reveal Futurisms adoration of vigor, industry and speed. Sheffield takes us up to the present moment with a look at contemporary artist Maya Lin, whose mobile edges counter sculptural permanence with an evocation of flux, and Pipilotti Rists video installations.