Focus Sculpture —

Art in America’s October issue focuses on sculpture. Headliner Roxy Paine, known for her large-scale sculptures inspired by nature, gets more than one considered reflection in this issue: Gregory Volk’s article on Paine engages with the notion of the sublime in relation to her work and Martin Friedman recounts selecting and collaboratively siting one of her works in the sculpture park of the Nelson-Atkins Museum.

Elsewhere, Christopher Bedford engages with the overarching topic by examining how a younger generation of sculptors are reappraising the achievements and re-approaching the unique sculptural language of the perhaps neglected stalwart of British modern sculpture, Henry Moore. And, in a tangential mode, Barbara Pollack ponders ‘The Original Copy’, a fascinating exhibition at New York’s MoMA exploring the relationship between sculpture and photography from the nineteenth century to the present day.

But of course, there is also room for the usual ingredients of Art in America for those who want a broader read. There’s a distinctly African flavour in the new books selected for review and there’s an informative report on the Reykjavik Art Festival that gives some insight into how the visual arts scene in Iceland has been coping with the double whammy of economic meltdown and volcanic eruption.

In other words, another issue in which a rounded view of the international art scene is offered to a readership with high expectations.

    Focus Sculpture –
    October 2010 220 Pages 0 Minutes of audio 0 Minutes of video
    In This Issue –
    Roxy Paine: Reaching for the sublime A dendroid grows in Kansas City New Images of the old man In the frame Sculture in a contracted field Rope Wrangler Hoempage Insight Eye level Books
    Editor –
    Marcia E.Vetrocq
    Managing Editor –
    David Ebony
    Design Director –
    Katharine C.Wodell
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Our Take —

Art in America started in 1913 when there seemed to be a glaring gap in the American cultural scene for a contemporary art magazine that, unlike many contemporaneous art lovers, would no longer look back to the ‘old country’ for guidance on visual culture.

Ironically, the name might now be somewhat misleading. For, if its early years were an exercise in stating the validity of homegrown American contemporary art, then it has evolved a lot over the years. Its initial raison d’etre was entirely accomplished a long time ago and, these days, it is a magazine that focuses on the international art scene as much as on homegrown product.

With highly knowledgeable and respected contributors, Art in America is a magazine that is trusted by those who are serious about art. Whilst the content is certainly meaty, as a number of key observers have noted of late, it is also an increasingly readable magazine; informative without being too pretentious. This, together with its specific American perspective –in one sense it is the only serious-but-accessible USA art title offering the right balance between text and image with a notable circulation-  puts it in a special league of art magazines beloved of the upper echelons of the international art world.

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