For thousands of years, sculpture was largely the province of human and spiritual figures, whether it was a primitive form like the Venus of Willendorf, one of the countless gilt-bronze statues of the Buddha, or Michelangelo’s heroically scaled, carved-marble David, whose anatomically correct nude torso has awed and titillated millions.

Since the 20th century, though, realism has taken a back seat to abstraction in sculpture. The Industrial Revolution of the late-19th century and the Machine Age in the first half of the 20th seemed to transform and polish the human figure into a mere widget, as seen in the android-like and often androgynous forms produced by artists such as Constantin Brancusi and Amedeo Modigliani. As the century progressed, the figure was pushed and pulled like so much modeling clay by Henry Moore, or compressed into stiff, stick-like specters by Alberto Giacometti.

By the second half of the century, all bets were off. Alexander Calder pushed ostensibly inconsequential shapes to their limits, producing kinetic stabiles and mobiles whose brightly painted cut-steel shapes evoked flora and fauna, sometimes in the same glance. John Chamberlain seized upon the beauty of twisted, polychromed automobile parts, compressing and crunching fenders and car doors into squat forms that are oddly lyrical considering their tonnage. Richard Serra and Mark di Suvero elevated the work of ironworkers into the realm of fine art, while Dale Chihuly blew art glass well beyond the limits imposed by the furnaces and annealing ovens on places like Murano, often grouping hundreds of pieces in natural and gallery settings to create fragile environments that appear to shimmer and vibrate.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Metropolitan Museum of Art: Timeline of Art History

Metropolitan Museum of Art: Timeline of Art History

Travel around the world through art with this museums collection of over 6,000 works of art, from Egypt to North A… [read review or visit site]



Most watched eBay auctions    

Antique Victorian C1870s Moreau Finely Cast Neoclassical Family Bronze SculptureVintage Ronald Holmes Virginia Folk Art Hand Carved Wild Turkey Bird Decoy YqzAntique 19thc Diana The Huntress Goat, Birds & Wolf Bronze Sculpture Statue, NrLarge Sergio Bustamante Mexico Mixed Metal Copper & Brass Parrot Bird SculptureLg Antique Art Nouveau Era Greek Amazon Woman Lady Warior Old Statue SculptureLarge Life Size Hand Carved & Painted, Wayne Francis, Canadian Common Loon, NrLarge Heavy 1977 William Turner Cast Chilmark Pewter Red Tail Hawk & Rabbit, NrOoak, Wood Tree Spirit, Carving, Folk Art, Cabin Art, Warrior, SpartanSuper Detail Antique Bronze Statue Sculpture Mountain Lion Attacking A Boar N/rChinese Year Of The Horse Silver Coin 2014 Happy Galloping New Commerative 2016Donald Trump Gold Bank Note United States Of America Novelty Autographed Fun UsaLucky Gold Coin Irish Four Leaf Clover Luck Neptune Under Sea Meremaid Canoe1967 Penny Coin Gold English High Grade Queen Elizabeth Ii Royal Mint Rare Medal2012 Titanic Silver Coin Fiji Man White Star Line London New York City U CaptainLove Heart Silver Coin All You Need Is Love Someone Special Valentines Day Gift Muhammad Ali Gold Card Boxer Autograph Boxing Gloves Sporting Legend Olympic WinSilver Coin World Cup Globe Earth Sports Rare Brazil Footballer Player Sky BadgeMuhammad Ali Gold Coin World Boxing Champion 0.999 Pure Gold Clad Olympic MedalElvis 24kt Gold Card Signed Old Antique Contains Over 0.5 Gram Pure Solid GoldJohn Lennon Daily Mirror Dies Newspaper The Beatles Autographed Legend Hero UsaPele Silver Coin World Cup Autographed Sports Argentina Italy England Germany UsBronze, Fremiet (emmanuel), Signed, Jeanne D'arc, Joan Of ArcVillanis Bronze Original Diane Statue With Marble Base 23in Tall 24lbsMarkus Pierson 1988 Passion That Kills Signed By Artist #22 Coyote Sculpture Antique 19thc Gilt Bronze Orientalist Sculpture, Slate French Mantel Clock, NrWoodsplitterlee Handmade Poseable Three Tailed Baby Fennec Fox!Hand-made The Shining Wooden Toy Jack Nicholson Ltd. Edition 3/10 Horror 1970's Original Chaim Gross Mother And Child Metal Art Sculpture - 9.25"Original Wood Spirit Carving Lies Secrets Snitch Deep Throat Weasel Nancy TuttleLg Antique 19thc Victorian Renaissance Style Falconer Bird Man Statue SculptureTumble Creatures™ Hand Painted Koi Water Dragon SculptureBronze Geese Sculpture By Kent UllbergAntique 19thc Ancient Roman Style Marble Fragment Sculpture Nude Male Boys GoatBronze " Frogman " /first Kiss By Tim CottorillAntique Early 20thc Alfred Ohlson Swedish Nude Woman Figure Bronze SculpturePair Signed Dale Chihuly Red Clear Bubble Glass Candle Holders With CandlesViola’s Violet Vase: Artist's Select Neo-lavender Drop Glass, Quad Fire Antoine Louis Barye Patinated Bronze Ccast2003 Original Yoshitomo Nara Pupcup New In Box Pup Cup First EditionDouwe Blumberg Signed Bronze Horse Saddle Sculpture Lot SVtg Nude Warrior Bronze Sculpture, Antique Greek Roman Nude Male Man Gladiator Wood Carved Big Rustic Santa Woodland Santa W Bird Lisa Rogers Original CarvingNew Design!! Handcarved 5 Foot Tall Exquisite Totem Pole With Detachable WingsVintage Paul Manship Bronze Zodiac Ashtray - Taurus Ca.1946Early Po Shun Leong 1982 Hand Crafted Koa Wood Cresent Jewelry Box Signed 4 DrawSigned Tim Cotterill Green Frog Limited Edition Frogman Bronze Sculpture Nr RflJeff Koons La Beaute Par Jeff Koons Split Rocker Water Globe My Last One.Signed--carved Stone Sculpture By "brighton Sango" QueenVtg. Mid Century Modern Norway Carved Whale Bone Grouse Ptarmigan Arne TjomslandClark Bronson Bronze Duck Sculpture - 'perch By The Pond' - 1975 - #58 Of 75Vintage ~cm Russell ~ Steer Rustler ~ Bronze Sculpture ~ Cowboy ~ Cattle~ RopingRare Cast Bronze Vintage Patinated Bust Sculpture Art Nouveau Maiden Woman Girl 5lb.-10in1984 Bronze Original"the Calveryman"sign Jim Ponter,west, Herit Museum3 Abraham Palatnik Lucite Acrylic Cat Owl Horse Sculptures Figurine Pal BrazilPair Handmade Bronze Warriors By Karl Hagenauer AustriaPair Large Antique Italian Carved & Gilt Wood Wall Sconce Lamps Fixtures NrMax Bachmann (1862 - 1921) Indian Bust Hand Carved Wooden Indian Statue , Signed 1991 , Eddie Morrison . ( Cherokee ).Bronze & Resin Big Sky Carvers Leisure Time Mare & Foal Sculpture - Cr MorrisonNorman Signed Large Lucite Fish Sculpture 24" Tall Norman Mercer