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November 2003 Vol.22 No.9
A publication of the International Sculpture Center

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From the Editor

The sculptors featured in this issue of Sculpture, in one way or another, insist on art’s materiality—on the fact that a sculpture is embodied in three-dimensional materials as well as in our culture. The relation of materials to meanings is explicit in Sarah Sze’s constructions incarnating today’s throwaway culture. Alain Kirili uses the materials of high art, on the other hand, to create in concrete terms a dialogue with the sculpture that has gone before him. One of the artists referenced by Kirili, David Smith, was engaged in materializing both art and culture across a broad spectrum of approaches and ideas. The Canadian artists surveyed by Ray Cronin, along with artists like Paul Kittleson, Marlene Alt, and Karen Rich Beall, are part of a significant trend in contemporary art toward the presentation in sculpture of a tangible reality rather than an ironic or stylistic statement. Toland Grinnell offers a similar (and similarly Pop-influenced) body of work, as well as a manifesto for a younger generation of artists raised on a culture steeped in technology and consumerism.

~ Glenn Harper

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