Does Anyone Believe in Sculpture?

Antony Gormley and Martin Gayford, Shaping the World: Sculpture from Prehistory to Now, Thames & Hudson, 2020 (image courtesy Thames & Hudson)

You could say that Shaping the World: Sculpture from Prehistory to Now by Martin Gayford and Antony Gormley, a book exploring the character, significance, and sheer longevity of the sculptural impulse over millennia, could not be more timely. Why?

Because sculpture is in crisis, and it is good to be reminded how important it has been throughout the history of humanity, how it has helped to define, and perhaps even immortalize, the very nature of our most profound self-searchings. And might yet do so again? We shall see.

Why such pessimism, though?

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