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By Ellen H. Johnson

From the Preface:The undeniable fact that rather a lot of contemporary artwork has dedicated itself to the exploration and statement of its personal identification is mirrored in, yet doesn't clarify, the expanding quantity of writing and conversing at the a part of modern artists. fairly, the full heritage of the altering position of paintings and artists in a democratic, commercial, and technological society stands in the back of the spate of artists’ phrases and the public’s starvation for them—even a number of the basic public available in the market past art’s little circle. Statements by means of artists attraction a bit the way in which drawings do: they create us, or a minimum of they carry the promise of bringing us, toward the artist’s suggestions and emotions and to an figuring out of his or her modus operandi; they carry the keys to a mysterious realm. and occasionally they give us the sheer excitement of fine analyzing. Such is the first raison d’être of this book.Its different motivation is academic, and stems from the problematic lack, in instructing modern paintings, of any unmarried compilation of statements through American artists from 1940 to the current.

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So that now, particularly, that we have and can produce these monumental pieces, I think that room must be made for peoplie who really have to study and make a blueprint far the placement of seuIpture in space, Maybe we could call them sculpturearehitwts. Rememhr Z was in my early seventies when 1 came to the monumen- 44 AMERICAN ARTISTS QP;" A R T tal, outdoor sculpture. Now something in the living conscious being has a b a t , and you move on. Something happens and you ibeeorne private, something happens and you become public, Sometimes you want to be alone, sometimes you want to communicate.

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