Sculpture, an endangered art form?

Wednesday, 24 October, 2012

With more and more art being created digitally, what’s likely to become of sculptured artworks?

Tedious physical labor is often involved in its making – not necessarily the artist’s, but still, someone’s. And sculpture is hard to move and to keep: it’s heavy and cumbersome, except when it’s terribly fragile and evanescent and likely to be swept up during housecleaning and put out with the trash. For viewers too, sculpture can be hard to come to terms with, and not just because, as some wiseguy whom posterity alternately identifies as Barnett Newman or Ad Reinhardt once remarked, sculpture is what you back into when you’re stepping away from a painting to get a better look at it.

I’m not so sure though there’d ever be a situation where no one wanted sculptures of some sort to adorn a room or some other space.

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