Historically, sculpture has been an influence
more than it has been influenced, though
that changed with Modernism, when sculptors
began to turn to other media, primarily
painting, for inspiration. From Picasso,
with the collage and Cubism, and Marcel
Duchamp, with the readymade, to a host of
color field and Abstract Expressionists, 20thcentury
abstract sculpture has absorbed,
and reinterpreted, a host of outside ideas.
Whether one talks of an "expanded field,"
as Rosalind Krauss would have it, or of "the world as sculpture," after James T. Hall, the
materials, techniques, and approaches now
accepted as sculpture can be dizzying. And
that's all for the good, because the infusion
of ideas from craft, industrial design,
painting, theater design, and architecture
has only made sculpture more interesting,
if harder to pin down.
...see the entire article in the print version of November's Sculpture magazine.