|THE ART OF SCULPTURE
Auguste Rodin - The Thinker (1880)
Alexander Calder - Cow (1929)
Almost as soon as he had tools to wield, man began to create images. Even the most ancient archeological sites
reveal early man's attempts to give the images in his mind concrete form – and the herds of bison and antelope
incised in shallow relief on cave walls attest to the skill and powers of observation of their prehistoric creators.
Every age and every culture since has produced its own sculpture, reflecting its mores, traditions and transitions.
We still marvel at the magnificent sculptures left behind by past generations -- the Great Sphinx of Egypt, the
cathedral at Chartres, Grecian gods and goddesses, Michelangelo's David, to name only a few. Undoubtedly
generations which follow will appreciate the imaginative and powerful sculptures of modern artists who – often
working with new methods and new materials -- reflect the vision of our time.
Auguste Rodin lived and worked in an age when a tremendous amount of sculpture was produced -- most of it
elaborate architectural ornamentation. Whole workshops of artisans were employed to turn out statuary, and while
much of it was technically sound, it often lacked a creative "spark". Rodin's sculpture, charged with human emotion,
stood out from the work of his contemporaries, and in time earned him a reputation as "the modern-day
Alexander Calder is best known as the artist who made sculpture move. Creator of a wholly original art form, the
mobile, this wizard of space, shape and line left an indelible mark on the course of contemporary sculpture. From
his beginnings in the 1920's as the "ringmaster" of a wonderful miniature circus created out of wire, wood and cloth,
until his death in 1976 -- still designing new incarnations of his imagination -- Calder helped to redefine the bounds
of sculptural art. His thousands of mobiles, wire sculptures, and stabiles have delighted generations of observers in
In this session of GalleryTime, we explore works by these two great artists who, each in his own way and in his own
time, were important innovators in the world of sculpture.