Eccentric Objects: Rethinking Sculpture in 1960s America

by Jo Applin

Yale University Press | October 30, 2012 | Hardcover

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In America during the 1960s, sculpture as an artistic practice underwent a series of radical transformations. Artists including Lee Bontecou, Claes Oldenburg, Lucas Samaras, H. C. Westermann, and Bruce Nauman offered alternative ways of imagining the three-dimensional object. The objects they created were variously described as erotic, soft, figurative, aggressive, bodily, or, in the words of the critic Lucy Lippard, "eccentric."

Looking beyond the familiar and canonic artworks of the 1960s, the book challenges not only how we think about these artists, but how we learn to look at the more familiar narratives of 1960s sculpture, such as Pop and Minimalism. Ambivalent and disruptive, the work of this decade articulated a radical renegotiation—rejection, even—of contemporary paradigms of sculptural practice. This invigorating study explores that shift and the ways in which the kinds of work made in this period defied established categories and questioned the criteria for thinking about sculpture.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 176 pages, 10 × 7.5 × 0.98 in

Published: October 30, 2012

Publisher: Yale University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0300181981

ISBN - 13: 9780300181982

Found in: Art and Architecture

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Eccentric Objects: Rethinking Sculpture in 1960s America

Eccentric Objects: Rethinking Sculpture in 1960s America

by Jo Applin

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 176 pages, 10 × 7.5 × 0.98 in

Published: October 30, 2012

Publisher: Yale University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0300181981

ISBN - 13: 9780300181982

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In America during the 1960s, sculpture as an artistic practice underwent a series of radical transformations. Artists including Lee Bontecou, Claes Oldenburg, Lucas Samaras, H. C. Westermann, and Bruce Nauman offered alternative ways of imagining the three-dimensional object. The objects they created were variously described as erotic, soft, figurative, aggressive, bodily, or, in the words of the critic Lucy Lippard, "eccentric."

Looking beyond the familiar and canonic artworks of the 1960s, the book challenges not only how we think about these artists, but how we learn to look at the more familiar narratives of 1960s sculpture, such as Pop and Minimalism. Ambivalent and disruptive, the work of this decade articulated a radical renegotiation—rejection, even—of contemporary paradigms of sculptural practice. This invigorating study explores that shift and the ways in which the kinds of work made in this period defied established categories and questioned the criteria for thinking about sculpture.

About the Author

Jo Applin is lecturer in the history of art department at the University of York.